Kenneth Branagh talks about both of Thor's superheroes, while The Hunger Games finds its Head Gamemaker. The Highlander reboot is still happening, and Matt Smith discusses the future (and past) of River Song on Doctor Who.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Thor.
X-Men: First Class
Bryan Singer says there's room for a Wolverine appearance in the sequel:
"I think there would definitely be room. I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself first, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing."
Kenneth Branagh explains what the main role required and why Chris Hemsworth was right for the part:
By the time we were getting this screenplay really in order, we worked out that we needed a Thor who was going to change across the course of the picture. He would not be one-note, he would not be simply arrogant Thor, he would not be a Shakespeare-pronouncing Thor. He would be more direct, he would certainly be arrogant, but he would be cast down to Earth. He would have to butt up against comic scenes and provide a real comic skill. He would need eventually to have all of that knocked out of him. He would need to connect with Natalie Portman's character, to have romantic chemistry with her. He needed to be very agile for all the fighting stuff and also, to put it crudely, he needed to look absolutely fantastic when he took his shirt off. We have never needed to physically enhance anything of Chris Hemsworth's body. He met the physical challenge of being a magnificent god, but he was also courageous enough as an actor to go in all those various directions, risk losing the audiences' sympathy, play the passion at a great intensity.
He also discusses Jeremy Renner's cameo as Hawkeye:
Well, the idea that Hawkeye might be in the picture and might be seen was always laid there. We knew that in terms of the action sequence, we would like to have someone who had a bead on Thor. We could have done it without having Hawkeye, but we hoped that we might and obviously they were praying and hoping that they might get somebody of the quality of Jeremy. We allowed for the possibility that as and when it looked like he was on board and if he was available to be in this one, we would do it later in the day. We left that space for him and then we had the great opportunity to actually put him in a part of the movie and that was a very nice experience for me, I must say... I think we tried to as well, to really pique the audience's interest, but not take them out of the movie in the wrong way. I was delighted just on a personal level of having the chance to direct him just a tiny bit.
There's more at the link. [Superhero Hype]
The Hunger Games
Wes Bentley, who remains best known for waxing lyrical about a paper bag in American Beauty, has been cast as Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker for the 74th Hunger Games. Although it's a relatively minor character in the books, there's some thought the character will see some sizable expansion for the movie. [ComingSoon.net]
The Highlander Reboot
Fast Five director Justin Lin, who is seemingly attached to everything these days, says his plans for a Highlander remake are progressing well:
I've been working with ['Iron Man' writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway] on the script. That's one where Summit has been really good [about letting it develop], and for me, it's about making sure that we can take it to the place where I feel comfortable and great about making it. I feel like I have a very good studio and team and we're working on it."
He says he's not sure if he will actually end up directing the movie, but this project is one of the further along of the various things he's working on, which also includes Terminator 5. [MTV Movies Blog]
The Big Bang
Here's a synopsis and some clips for the low budget sci-fi thriller, which sees a limited release next week.
Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend-and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she's hiding. As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city's seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (James Van Der Beek), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (Snoop Dogg), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (Autumn Reeser). Lexie proves to be as elusive as she is beautiful and Cruz becomes obsessed with finding her. With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliott), and his physicist (Jimmi Simpson), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert. Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person's case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.
If nothing else, it has a pretty decent cast, which also includes Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner, Robert Maillet, and Delroy Lindo. Now for some clips - the last one is NSFW:
Here's an introduction for "The Curse of the Black Spot" from Steven Moffat and guest star Hugh Bonneville.
Here's the description for the first episode of Matthew Graham's two-parter, "The Rebel Flesh":
A solar tsunami sends the TARDIS hurtling towards a futuristic factory on Earth, where human doppelgangers are used to mine dangerous acid, as the time-travelling adventures continue.
A second wave hits and the "Gangers" separate. They can remember every second of their "original's" life and feel every emotion they've ever experienced. But are these memories stolen or have they been bequeathed? Are the Gangers merely faulty machinery that must be shut down or are they living, breathing, sentient beings? Can the Doctor convince the terrified humans to accept these "almost people" and prevent an all-out civil war before the factory explodes?
Here's a radio interview with Matt Smith, in which he discusses as much as he can about River Song. [Blogtor Who]
Here's one last promo for the season finale. [Fringe Television]
Executive producers Joel Wyman and Jeff Pinkner discuss the flash forward to 2026 in the finale, saying that the future is fluid and what we see can always be adjusted. Pinkner explains what this particular future represents:
As the Observers once told us, there are many futures happening simultaneously. Which one will come true is based on, as Joel just said, the choices that we all collectively make. The finale is the future in 2026 that our characters are on a path towards if nothing were to change. By the end of the episode, that change has occurred. So we may continue to tell storytelling that's both in the past, like we've done a couple of times to see Walter's story with Peter, and we may jump to the future again. But it won't be necessarily the same one that we're in in this episode.
Wyman also seems to promise some resolution to the fates of the two universes:
We love to answer questions. There's some great shows that love to ask them and maybe not answer them so quickly. We've always tried to sort of fill in the blanks and get the viewer to feel satisfied that they're watching a story for a reason. We both feel that you'll be satisfied, that you will understand what the future held for each universe and their collective and individual fates.
There's more at the link. [TV Guide]
John Noble says that he won't die in the finale, and in fact all of the principal cast members will be back next year - although some may be a bit different. More spoiler-y hints at the link. [Fringe Spoilers]
Here are five verbal teasers for the finale, courtesy of Ari Margolis, who makes the promos for the show.
#01: "Bright orbs moving past... flaring... and as they come into focus, we realize we're in—"
#02: "Not only can I not tell you how the thing works, according to all the readings it shouldn't be working at all."
Here are some promo photos for the season finale, "
#03: "Our fate was sealed long ago."
#04: "We finally get to see one."
#05: "Peter Bishop, 47 years old, shrapnel wound in the abdomen."
He'll be posting one more later this morning. [@jonxproductions]
Here's an interview with the criminally underrated Kevin Corrigan, in which he discuss the possibility of Sam Weiss (or his ancestors) making a return appearance. [Fringe Television]
Game of Thrones
Here's a sneak peek for episode 4, "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things."
Emilia Clarke explains why she connected with her character , which includes some spoiler-y details about what lies ahead for her character. Warning — major spoilers for people who haven't read the book:
Well, I mean, it started off on a level that ... I felt for her. I felt for her situation as a woman. Being in such a male-dominated society, where she was being abused by the men around her — [it was] that sort of sympathy, I suppose it started off as that. But then as you track her story, the problems that she overcomes and the way that she deals with them with such grace and the way that she deals with them when she has no training.
The only thing that she [has is] herself and her iron will — that's just a fabulous, incredible side to her character, really. And the fact that you watch her fall in love. You know, she meets the man that she loves more than anything else. She... You know, she meets the man that she loves more than anything else. She has her child, she loses her child, she loses her husband, she loses her brother and still she is this strong independent woman. And I think that, as a female, is what I really connected with.
There's more at the link. [TV Squad]
The first casting call for season two is out:
MALES & FEMALES (all ages; any ethnicity) - ACTORS & EXTRAS. Males and females, any age, must have fair skin or Mediterranean look, men must be willing to grow a beard or stubble.
Experienced equestrians are also needed.
Here's a bunch of promo photos for the finale. [OSCK]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.