Will The Hunger Games's drunken trainer be more lovable in the movie version? Tim Burton discusses the tone of Dark Shadows, while Bryan Singer explains what performance capture means for Jack the Giant Killer. Plus another Torchwood: Miracle Day promo!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Super 8.
Who's up for a probably totally fake but still kinda intriguing roundup of plot rumors? Well, OK then...
- Braniac destroys Krypton and may be set-up to be the villain in the sequel (if there is one).
- Zack Snyder would like Jon Hamm to portray Jor-El.
- Faora hates all men and is working with Zod and Jax-Ur to get out of the Phantom Zone.
- Jax-Ur was a close friend to Jor-El, who was exiled to the Phantom Zone, and is now working with Zod to free themselves (which they do).
- Zod's main goal is to make a new Krypton, using Earth, with him as leader. He plans to use Faora to start a new perfect Kryptonian bloodline and Jax-Ur to use his vast scientific knowledge to accelerate technology on Earth.
- Zod and Lex Luthor do have interactions. With LexCorp being the most advanced company on the planet, Zod plans to use LexCorp technology and advance it to Kryptonian levels, as it's the most "compatible."
- A key role in the film will be that of Gen. Samuel Lane, father of Lois Lane. Ed Harris and Jeff Bridges are being looked at for this role. Gen. Sam Lane is leading Earth's defense against Zod, Faora and Jax-Ur. He grows a hatred to all Aliens — including Superman.
- Lindsay Lohan is up for the role of Lana Lang. She isn't Clark's High School sweetheart, just a girl he likes. Lana isn't interested in him because she is one of the popular girls, while Clark is geeky character who can't really show what he is like — a "Superman." Lana does find out though when the school bus crashes and Clark saves the day — as she sees him.
If nothing else, casting Jon Hamm as Jor-El would be pretty fantastic...and I see that absurd Lindsay Lohan rumor just won't die. Anyway, this is just a selection - you can read the full roundup at the link. [Cosmic Book News]
Here's a new promo photo. [Movieweb]
Here are some new images. [IGN]
The Hunger Games
Acting legend Donald Sutherland has been cast as the dictatorial President Snow. [ComingSoon.net]
According to a site that claims to have a copy of the script, the movie's Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) is considerably nicer than his book counterpart. Although his constant drunkenness remains, Haymitch admires Katniss a great deal, and he pleads for her life when Seneca is deciding whether to kill her. That said, he's even more of a jerk to Peeta:
When Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) hits Haymitch's drink out of his hand, instead of acting surprised and expressing his realization that this time he might actually have some fighters from District 12, Haymitch just gets into a punching match with Peeta. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) isn't even involved, she just watches, rather than throwing a knife like in the novel. Peeta, Katniss and Haymitch do eventually make a deal to train them as long as the tributes don't "whine" about his drinking.
There are more details at the link. [Hollywood For Life]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Here are some more character posters. [MTV]
Tim Burton discusses the beginning of production and what tone they're going for:
I'm early into it because it's a funny tone, and that's part of what the vibe of the show is, and there's something about it that we want to get. But when you look at it, it's pretty bad. I'm hoping that it will be — it's early days, let's put it — I'm very intrigued by the tone. It's a real ethereal tone we're trying to go for and I don't know yet.
He also says the movie probably won't be in 3D. [The Wrap]
Jack the Giant Killer
Bryan Singer discusses the movie's technology:
It's my first time working in the performance capture space. It's a live-action movie, but the giants are fully rendered CG characters driven by actors, and that intrigued me because I hadn't done that before and I wanted to work in that space. And 3D came along and here we are with that. It's fascinating. I've just started my rehearsals with the principal cast on the performance capture stage and I wish you were here so I could show you some photos on my iPhone, because they are so comical. It takes you back to play-acting as a kid in your living room because you are running around and having to imagine that you are in Gantua and imagine that there are these weapons and all these giant things. But there's nothing when you are there other than Styrofoam and blocks. It forces the actors to regress to when they would play-act as kids or do minimalist theatre. But in that way it's fascinating - I can see why Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron have started to shoot pictures this way.
There's more at the link. [IGN]
Hugo Weaving confirms he will be playing multiple roles in the Wachowskis' and Tom Twyker's adaptation of the David Mitchell novel, which is set in several different time periods:
"That's a project that's really exciting because all the actors will be playing more than one role. I actually have six characters in the same film and they are all different people in six different stories."
Men in Black 3
Here are some set photos of what will reportedly be Cape Canaveral in the finished movie - you know, assuming this thing actually gets finished. [ComingSoon.net]
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here's a new promo video. [EW]
And here are some cast photos. [Den of Geek]
The Walking Dead
Three of the characters that the cast will meet when they get to Herschel's Farm will reportedly be Herschel himself, who is a Wilford Brimley type and a veterinarian. His daughter will be Maggie, who "sounds like a younger version of Andrea with better horseback-riding skills", and Otis, who is "the middle-aged ranch foreman who's such a sweetheart that he all but loses it when he accidentally shoots a fellow survivor." [TV Line]
Frank Darabont muses on the potential budget cuts that AMC might make:
"Creatively I have no complaints thus far. But I believe if they do move ahead with what they're talking about, it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?"
Here are some photos and a plot synopsis for the second half of the two-hour finale, "The Armory." [KSiteTV]
While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts' weapons. Leading the gang is an ex-con named John Pope, who decides to use his hostages as bargaining material.
And here's a synopsis episode three (the next one after the two-part premiere), "Prisoner of War."
Dr. Michael Harris (guest star Steven Weber - Happy Town) joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens. But the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers to questions that have haunted him since the early days of the invasion. The 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with skitters and mechs when they attempt to rescue Ben.
Here are some promo photos from episode 18, "Carentan." [SpoilerTV]
MTV has released a bunch of character bios for the completely necessary update of the cult classic Michael J. Fox basketball-playing werewolf movie (except he now plays lacrosse and is really, really not Michael J. Fox):
Scott McCall (Tyler Posey): Scott was an ordinary teenage boy until one strange night changed his life forever. This is the story of his transformation from unseen and unnoticed outsider to sudden lacrosse star and one of the popular crowd.
Allison Argent (Crystal Reed): This nomadic beauty is always the new girl in town. She's about to discover a family secret that will explain why they move around so much and what exactly her dad is hunting.
Stiles (Dylan O'Brien): Scott's loyal best friend who plays inquisitive detective to his mysterious transformation. Stiles will go looking for answers even when it means endangering himself and others.
Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin): Derek is a wolf, but his metamorphosis is not over. Both full of anger and proud of what he is, he'll school Scott in all things Lycan in preparation for the inevitable showdown between werewolves and hunters.
Jackson Whittemore (Colton Haynes): Jackson is the big man on campus and Scott's archrival on the lacrosse team. But as Scott's sudden transformation begins to threaten Jackson's social status, he'll prove to be a bigger problem off the field.
Lydia Martin (Holland Roden): She's the most popular girl at school and girlfriend to Scott's rival, Jackson. Lydia already has it all but suddenly wants Scott when he transforms to the star lacrosse player. And she may hold the cure to Scott's Lycanthropy.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.