Start your day with spoilers! Amazing Spider-Man set photos reveal the villain's practical make-up. Woody Harrelson joins Hunger Games. Could Tom Welling be a Marvel superhero next? The Highlander reboot is still alive. Will Neil Gaiman write more Doctor Who?
Plus check out the first clear photos of the alien oppressors in Falling Skies. And Robert Kirkman answers many of your most pressing questions about The Walking Dead season two. Spoilers ahead!
And the studio also released a new synopsis, which mentions that this movie is based on a story by Richard Matheson. It also says:
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, "Real Steel" stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
The robot boxer that Charlie and Max refurbish is named Atom, and he's not sentient at all — just remote-controlled. And Charlie is an "asshole" who abandoned his kid and has never seen him until now, say director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman. Jackman adds:
He owes money to a lot of people. And he's disappointed a lot of people. He's trying to survive, but there's a little bit of con man in him. He's desperate. He's losing. He's treading water and going under.
Rumor has it that Smallville star Tom Welling is being considered to star in an upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation. But it's not Dr. Strange, and he hasn't actually been approached for anything. Several huge grains of salt are indicated here — and even if it's true he's being considered, it may not actually go anywhere. [What's Playing]
The Amazing Spider-Man
Some new set photos give a hint about how practical effects will transform Rhys Ifans into the Lizard — you can see some scales starting to show up on the side of his face in these close-ups. (Earlier photos showed how Ifans is using a greenscreen glove so that one of his arms can be digitally removed to make him look like the one-armed Curt Connors.) Set photos also give a good look at Martin Sheen and Sally Fields as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. And Spidey doing a fancy stunt. [Coming Soon and Movie Web and Screen Rant]
So it seems like Uncle Ben has a lot of screen time in this film, judging from the set pics, right? But you needn't worry that Uncle Ben is hanging around for most of the film, or that his untimely death gets drawn out. Says Martin Sheen:
I'm dead in reel one y'know. I don't do the end until I'm in New York. In April and May, that when I finish up with him. That's where I get shot. There's no special effects for me, that's for the other characters.
Remember this movie reboot? Director Justin Lin, fresh off the phenomenal success of Fast 5, confirms that he's still in line to direct this film — along with Terminator 5 and about ten other projects.
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.
But he also says it may take some time before everything comes together for him to be able to make this film, and other projects may come first. [MTV]
The Hunger Games
In the latest sign that this movie will have absolutely everybody in it, Woody Harrelson has been cast as Haymitch, the former champion and dubious mentor to Katniss. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a new official synopsis for this upcoming remake:
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all-he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right-and everyone, including Charlie's mom (Toni Collette), doesn't notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he's telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
Ian McKellen confirmed on his blog that Hugo Weaving will be reprising his role as Elrond. [Coming Soon]
Wrath of the Titans
Here are some new set photos from the island of Tenerife, in Spain. [Coming Soon]
Here are some new promo photos for Saturday's episode. [Life, Doctor Who and Combom]
Talking to Den of Geek, Neil Gaiman addresses the question of whether he'll ever write for the show again:
So the person before you, who was from the Radio Times, said are you going to do it again? And I said well, I would love to write another episode of Doctor Who. I loved writing it. And I can think of nothing more fun than doing another 45 minute episode of Doctor Who, that'd be great.
Then I found myself saying something, and realising it was true as I said it. Which was I think I'll only do it if I come up with an idea that's better than this one. It's not like... do I want to become a regular Who writer? No, I don't want to become a regular Who writer. What I'd love to do is every now and then go oh my God, I've got this amazing idea for Doctor Who.
And what's interesting is, having done this episode, I can now look at some of the ideas I've had throughout the course of my life since the age of, ooh, four, for Doctor Who episodes.
Tons more at the link. The whole thing is well worth reading. [Den of Geek]
Here are our first proper looks at the alien mechas, known as "mechs." [TV Line]
Even though the show doesn't premiere until June 19, Dreamworks and TNT are pretty confident, so much so that they're already planning for the second season. And since none of the writers from the first season are available — current showrunner Mark Verheiden is off to work on the television part of The Dark Tower — Dreamworks is hiring a new showrunner: Remi Aubuchon, who was most recently a writer for Stargate Universe and was co-creator of Caprica. Aubuchon hopes to get a writer's room up and running by June 1, so they'll have scripts in the works if the show does get a second-season pickup. [Deadline]
The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman says Stephen King may be writing an episode: "Everyone involved on both sides of that are very anxious to make that happen; AMC is excited; [Creator/executive producer/director] Frank Darabont is excited; I'm excited. I know Stephen King and [his son and fellow writer] Joe Hill are excited. We'll see if we can make that come together. I can neither confirm nor deny." He also dismissed the idea that writers had been fired, saying: "We have a full writing staff; there are three full-time staff writers and a freelancer: Evan Reilly (Rescue Me), Scott Gimple (FlashForward) and Angela Kang (Terriers) and one freelancer." [Digital Spy]
Also, Kirkman told the Onion AV Club that Stan Lee might cameo as a zombie:
There are a few people who have asked me, and there may be some fun cameos for comics fans popping up in the second season. I don't want to call these people out - it might annoy them. Honestly, Stan Lee asked to be a zombie on the show - that's possible.
But he denied that Charlie Sheen would be showing up. [Digital Spy]
Separately, the Hollywood Reporter asks Kirkman when we'll find out what Jenner whispered to Rick before the CDC blew up, in the season finale. He responds:
I think that was a great change on Frank [Darabont]'s part and I really liked that he's adding things that keeps people guessing. I certainly enjoyed watching people play the guessing game online. This isn't a scene that's going to be seen without any payoff. We're not going to be dragging that on to the point of exhaustion. And it will be done when the time is right.
He also says we won't see Michonne until the third season, at the soonest. [THR]
Here's a new promo photo for the season finale. [SpoilerTV]
Over at DaemonsTV.com, there's a list of the things they saw in a screening of a special press-only promo, including the fact that "The Darkseid apocalypse is not coming, it's already here!" And we do get to see Lois in a wedding dress. Chloe appears and we get some chlosure for her character. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) There'll be some explanation for the presence of Jonathan Kent. There'll be some "big twists" in how Lex returns. More at the link. [Daemon's TV]
Here's a sneak peek for the next episode.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta.