X-Men: First Class's Caleb Landry Jones explains how his portrayal of Banshee includes lots of nods to the original comics. New Amazing Spider-Man set photos reveal an iconic moment. Plus new trailers for Super 8, Harry Potter, and more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Doctor Who.
In a statement that has absolutely no chance of being misinterpreted, Ryan Reynolds praised the campy performance of Adam West in the old Batman TV show and how it inspires him:
"I would watch Batman and Robin, with Adam West all the time when I was a kid. I loved that stuff. It was all really campy because the technology was never there so It's a dream come true to play a comic book hero and do the character justice. It's very special to be part of the comic book world."
Sinestro actor Mark Strong offered an in-depth discussion of his character. He confirmed that he will be back for the sequel, and he explained how we see the first signs of Sinestro's future villainy in this movie:
I mean, he's an alien, you know, and in the movie, you have to decide, as an actor, how you're going to give a character like that presence. You can't really move and walk and talk like yourself. It's not enough — you know, this creates something, so you have to find something of that, and so any back story and all of that is always useful, and the knowledge that Sinestro goes where he goes to is useful. But I'm trying not to foreshadow it.
But, having said all of that, he has a kind of a presence which is undeniably strong, so you — what I'm trying to create is he goes to the dark side, not because he's inherently evil, but because he is a kind of control freak, a bit dictatorial militaristic guy who wants to keep order, so, for him, all that happens is that just — you know, it's like a revolving circle.
I think that probably prefigures, and you will see in there that he's a guy that you don't mess with who could easily go the other way.
He also said he looks forward to playing the villain. He then discussed the training fight scene between Sinestro and Hal Jordan that was seen in the trailer:
Well, it's fascinating, because you can't just rely on the traditional methods of weapon fighting like you do in most movies. You've now got imagination coming into play, and the fight with Hal is really interesting, because the constructs — we also decided — Sinestro, because he's so evolved, basically used constructs for the whole fight.
But there was a decision taken we that wanted to get physical, you know, just get in there and get physical, and, ironically, Hal's constructs are very earthbound. They're very naïve. They're very new Lantern, you know, very — he might — he could create anything. He just comes up with swords and guns you know, so it's fascinating. They have this fight which is a mixture of, you know, physical fighting, sword fighting and also evolving constructs, and we rehearsed that as you do a normal fight, and you just imagine those constructs when you're throwing them at each other.
X-Men: First Class
Caleb Landry Jones discusses his character Banshee:
Well he's got a supersonic scream. He learns how to fly in this movie. He learns how to melt objects. In the beginning all he really knows is how to break things - car doors I'm guessing, things like that. And he's got selective hearing.
What does he do with his scream?
What's the technical way of saying it? I'm trying to think of Hank [McCoy]'s line when he explains it to me. He causes the sound waves... something about vibrations... I don't know the science behind it, but he can blow sh*t up and cause skulls to crack.
Do you get to do all that this in the movie?
Everything except the skull cracking. It's a PG-13!
He also explains how he is incorporating some subtle hints to things from the comics, in case future movies pick up on those storylines:
The script definitely defines him more so than the comics do, because I've got to do what the script says. I try to add as much as possible. I know there's a love connection in the comics with Moira [MacTaggert - played by Rose Byrne in the movie], so I try to look at her just a little bit differently, you know, when I can. I know Mystique cuts my vocal chords later on - I don't know if they're going to do that in the movies, but therefore I make it a little bit so that if that does happen later on, for any of the fans watching, they can notice that. There's so much to take from the comics.
Here's a pair of new TV spots. [ComingSoon.net]
The Amazing Spider-Man
Here are some set photos that appear to show the death of Uncle Ben. [On Location Vacations]
Here's a pair of new TV spots. [Monsters and Critics]
Rian Johnson's time travel movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis has found a distributor, as Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict will team up to release it through Sony's Tristar Entertainment. The likely release date is early 2012, but that's just speculation at this stage. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
After the latest round of rumors that Skids and Mudflap, the much lambasted Transformer twins, would make a reappearance after all, Michael Bay took to the internet to deny everything in the strongest possible terms, promising a $25,000 reward to anyone who can find them in Dark of the Moon when it comes out. You know, I think it's probably time to stop asking about this, before we push Michael Bay into doing something he'll regret. Won't somebody please think of Michael Bay's sanity!? [TFW2005]
Here's a look at the transcendent Udo Kier in another trailer from Finland's "Nazis invade from the dark side of the Moon" movie. [FirstShowing.net]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Here's a new TV spot.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's latest will be released May 11, 2012. [/Film]
The Crying Game director Neil Jordan has found his two leads for a vampire movie about mother and daughter vampires who sometimes pose as sisters: Hanna star Saoirse Ronan and Quantum of Solace's Gemma Arterton. They join a cast that already includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Jeremy Irvine. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Antwone Fisher and Notorious star Derek Luke has reportedly joined the comedy set right before an asteroid destroys all life on Earth. He will reportedly play costar Keira Knightley's love interest, "an Army man who wants her to join him in a bomb shelter." [Indiewire]
Next week is the first episode of Life on Mars co-creator (and "Fear Her" writer, though we don't like to talk about that) Matthew Graham's two-parter "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People." Here's the usual assortment of two trailers and two sneak peeks.
And here are some dialogue teasers.
» "Heart's gone now..."
» "Amy, breathe."
» "I've seen whole worlds turned inside out in an hour."
» "Don't fiddle with the money, Doctor."
There are more at the link. [Cultbox]
And here are some promo photos. [Den of Geek]
Here's the BBC's synopsis for the second half of the two-parter, "The Almost People."
As the solar storm rages, Jennifer, a Ganger driven mad by the memories of being "decommissioned", is seeking revenge, as the time-travelling drama continues.
She can remember every excruciating second of every "execution" and is determined that the humans will pay. And she isn't just talking war; she's talking revolution. As the crumbling factory fills with toxic fumes and drips lethal acid, the "Originals" wait desperately for the shuttle from the Mainland to rescue them. But Jennifer has other ideas. Can the Doctor convince the terrified factory workers to embrace their own humanity and work together with their Gangers to overcome a monster of their own making?
Marnix Van Den Broeke, who played the Silence in the opening two-parter, is already confirmed by multiple sources to be making a return appearance in episode 13. However, he has also suggested on Twitter that there's some possibility that he will return - presumably as the Silence, although he didn't actually say that - at some point before the finale. [Doctor Who Spoilers]
And, looking still further into the future (hopefully very, very far into the future, since I have no interest in losing Matt Smith anytime soon), the great Chiwetel Ejiofor was asked if he would be interested in playing the Twelfth Doctor, and he said he would. So...just file that one away for a few years from now, I guess. [Blogtor Who]
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here are various cast photos. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
The season has now ended all primary shooting with the actors, with only some second unit stuff left to go. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's another season four promo.
Here are a couple photos from the season finale. [ChuckTV]
Linda Hamilton discusses the show, seemingly confirming that she will be back next season and laying one theory about her character to rest:
You were back in this week's episode – can you confirm or deny whether you will be in the season finale?
Absolutely back for the finale!
Would you be up for returning for another season?
That's a funny way of asking if I was killed at the end of the season. [Laughs] I'm looking forward to going back next year. I want even more! It's hard once you've started to sit back and not do them. There have been times when they called me and told me I wasn't doing the next three episodes, and I wondered what I was going to do with myself for the next month?! You aren't free to look for other work. It's interesting to go from doing an episode to not doing two or three. It's interesting to try and fid your balance. You work your ass off and then you don't work for three weeks, and then you work your ass off, and then you don't work for a week. So I'm learning how to do that. My favorite job description would be to be on CHUCK every week.
There is a rumor going around that your character is Vivian Volkoff's mother. Even though your character supposedly never had relations with Volkoff?
I cannot confirm or deny those rumors, but I think that's a wonderful direction! I would be the last to know, but I have thought about that same thing because Vivian looks a bit like me. We'll see what happens! They've done such a great job with the Volkoff story.
Star Jason O'Mara explains his character is an ex-cop with as yet unexplained reasons for leaving the force, and he has also spent some time in jail. It's his wife, a skilled surgeon, who is asked to travel in time to Terra Nova, but he is broken out of jail - again, for mysterious reasons - and makes the trip with her after all. The Terra Nova settlement is famous in the year 2149, and everyone knows about it. O'Mara says the past will come back to haunt Jim and he will find himself caught up in a battle between various forces to control Terra Nova, and his decisions will have massive consequences for the future of humanity. [TV Fanatic]
Here's a sneak peek at the season finale with helpful commentary from executive producer Sera Gamble.
And here's another promo.
Jensen Ackles will reportedly direct the second episode of season seven. [SpoilerTV]
Here are two more promos for TNT's alien invasion drama.
Here's a promo for Syfy's new show about a team of superpowered operatives.
And here are some cast photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.