Paul Bettany takes us inside the post-apocalyptic, action-packed world of Priest. Tyler Perry wants to return in the new Star Trek. Plus John Noble previews tonight's Fringe, while the cast and crew of Doctor Who drop some seriously intriguing hints.
Spoilers from here on out.
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Tyler Perry says he would love to return as Admiral Richard Barnett.
"I'm waiting for the new script because nobody has called me yet. No one has said, 'We need you.' Hey, J.J.! Hey! J.J. Abrams! Y'know, I'm waiting for my phone call buddy."
Here's a new trailer or extended TV spot, featuring — among other things — more of the movie's mysterious villain, Parallax. [ComingSoon.net]
Here's a couple new posters from Brazil, including a better look at Tomar-Re. [Omelete]
Paul Bettany gave a fairly extensive interview about his post-apocalyptic vampire-fighting movie. Here are some highlights:
I play Priest and his abilities were found by the clergy when he was a little older than usual. He left his life behind and went to fight the war, and he's come back since the war had been over into the real world. I guess the war has rendered him unfit for normal life. He's working a shady job and nobody wants to talk to him, he's too sort of frightening-looking and nobody wants to be reminded of that era anyway, and nobody wants to really think about that war. And so that's where the movie starts and Hicks - played by Cam [Gigandet] - comes and tells me that my niece has been kidnapped by vampires. And so our adventure begins."
He also explains the fighting styles of the various Priests:
"Each of the Priests has a different skill and a favorite weapon. My favorite is a knife, but none of them use guns. None of them use firearms at all. And all the Priests have this ability to sort of slow down time. And so there's shooting with a phantom camera at times and objects could suddenly just slow... The means with which [director] Scott [Stewart] is telling that story of just how fast the Priest can move when he wants to, we're trying to make things look like nearly superhuman, you know, that it somehow remains believable in that world that he defies gravity a little bit."
He also promises even more action than in his and Scott Stewart's previous collaboration, Legion:
"Well, you know, there's a lot more in this movie. A lot of Legion was confined to a diner and there's a lot of action surrounding that diner and a lot of fighting. This is a road movie. It takes the form of a road movie, so it opens up. When I saw the trailer for Legion I found it so extraordinary how expensive it looked because I knew how much Scott had to make it for. But now we can have trains, this huge train going through the desert and chase it on a motorcycle, and jump off the motorcycle onto the train and do all those crazy, great stunts. So there is more of it. There is more of it."
There's more at the link. [About.com]
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Check out a new trailer, featuring a good snippet of the Basement Jaxx soundtrack, at the link. [Guardian]
Tons of Doctor Who stuff today. First up, Steven Moffat offers this preview of "The Impossible Astronaut":
For the first time since the show came back, we're starting with a two-parter.
I said to our genius director Toby Haynes (The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and A Christmas Carol), "Start like it's the finale", and my God, that's just what he's done. I'm not sure Doctor Who has ever felt bigger, bolder or madder. The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River in the Valley of the Gods, Nixon's White House, Area 51 and a strangely familiar spaceship. Oh, and there's Alex Kingston diving backwards off a skyscraper.
Look, what else do you want from your television? Well, monsters, I expect. And oh, we've got monsters. The Silence, revealed at last. And I'd like to tell you about them. I really would. But I can't - I just can't. You'll see.
Karen Gillan offers a tantalizingly cryptic clue about what's coming up for Amy:
"With the last series, I wanted to keep her guarded. She doesn't like to show her emotions because she wants to be strong. But in this series, there are cracks starting to form in that exterior and we're starting to see other aspects of her. Actually, in one episode we've just filmed, it was really difficult because it was about something I've never experienced before. I didn't feel as if I could relate to it because it's never happened to me."
The obvious interpretation of this comment is that she's talking about Amy becoming pregnant, which has been heavily rumored. The only slight knock against that is the fact that Gillan already played a pregnant Amy in last year's "Amy's Choice", but I suppose she might be talking more about the emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy, as opposed to just putting on a baby bump prosthetic. Anyway, this is all just one way to read that statement - there's plenty of other possible readings. [Press Association]
In another interview, Karen Gillan says "in episode seven we're absolutely going to find out who she [River Song] is." [Doctor Who Spoilers]
Alex Kingston offers her own comment with what's going on with River this series:
The really exciting journey for me, and for Steven, is backtracking. The characters keep missing each other. She's like the Time Traveler's Wife. In this particular season, and certainly in the first two episodes, what you see is her knowing that she's on the brink of the moment where the Doctor doesn't know any more who she is. And I think that's just tragic, really.
The BBC has released a description for episode 3, Steve Thompson's "The Curse of the Black Spot":
The TARDIS is marooned onboard a 17th-century pirate ship whose crew is being attacked by a mysterious and beautiful sea creature, as the time-travelling drama continues.
Becalmed and beset by cabin fever, the pirates have numerous superstitious explanations for the Siren's appearance. The Doctor has other ideas but, as his theories are disproved and every plan of escape is thwarted, he must work to win the trust of the implacable Captain Avery and uncover the truth behind the pirates' supernatural fears – and he must work quickly, for some of his friends have already fallen under the Siren's spell…
Here's another overview video. This one focuses on the companions, and it includes some new clips. [Blogtor Who]
And here's a couple more preview videos, plus a creepy countdown video. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's a sneak peek at "6:02 AM EST." [Fringe Spoilers]
John Noble explains what lies ahead in tonight's episode:
"Walternate's thirst for revenge drives him to cause trouble in the other universe. What happens is that Walternate finds a way to activate the [doomsday] machine. As a result, our world starts to seriously break down, which of course prompts panic on our side. Walter has to get his best faculties back together again and do exactly what [William] Bell told him he could do - resolve his problems by whatever means he needs to. [Walter] has to allow Peter the freedom to be a hero, instead of being a protective parent. We finish in a very dramatic place. It's a very powerful episode, and the beginning of three extraordinary episodes."
He also promised we will see "another variation" of Walter in the finale, so interpret that as you will. [BuddyTV]
Executive producer Sera Gamble gives this preview of "Frontierland."
Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming episode "Epilogue."
Executive producer Brian Peterson offers this preview of "Booster."
Here are some more promo posters. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the official description for the two part finale.
BE THERE AS SMALLVILLE WRAPS UP CLARK KENT'S TEN-YEAR JOURNEY IN AN EPIC TWO-HOUR SERIES FINALE - The story of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) culminates in this epic two-hour series finale as Clark takes the last step to becoming the Man of Steel. With surprise guest appearances, nods to the first few seasons of the series and Michael Rosenbaum's return as Lex Luthor, this final episode wraps up a decade-long story following one's man's journey to becoming the world's greatest superhero. Erica Durance, Allison Mack, Justin Hartley, Cassidy Freeman, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Kevin Fair directed "Finale Part 1," which was written by Al Septien & Turi Meyer (#3X6022) and Greg Beeman directed "Finale Part 2," written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders (#3X6021).
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.