World War Z has some awesome casting updates. Jon Favreau reveals his premiere plans for Cowboys & Aliens. Plus our first look at Captain America's USO show, and a Stan Lee cameo that has nothing to do with Marvel movies!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Star Trek 2
Roberto Orci explains some of the character arcs in the sequel:
The first one was about, "Spock is pretty emotional." Well, he is younger. And "Kirk, he is not a bookworm with legs who really understands the chain of command." Well he is not quite there yet. So you can get closer to what you know. It is all about earning what you know and learning that when we see them now they have been through a couple of adventures, but they don't know each other either. There is still discovery, but there is also more familiarity. So, like the first one, it will feel like Trek, but it will also chart new ground.
I have a vague suspicion that the above quote may be slightly garbled, but that's the only transcript I currently have to work with. Anyway, Damon Lindelof also explains the ongoing ramifications of Vulcan's destruction:
We often referred to the destruction of Vulcan as the 9/11 moment of [Star Trek 2009]. There had to be an event that was so significant that it allows you to change the Trek universe, not just for the purposes of the first movie, but moving forward. The idea of saying, if you did something that huge, what would be the effect of that rippling outwards?
They also confirmed that this won't remake any specific episodes, there won't be any mirror universe material — as the writers point out, they've already got an alternate universe to play around with — and there definitely won't be any "Spock's Brain." There's more at the link. [Trek Movie]
Here are the first photos of Steve Rogers in his original, intentionally unconvincing USO show costume. [ComingSoon.net]
Cowboys & Aliens
Jon Favreau confirmed that the movie will premiere next month at Comic-Con:
"The worldwide premiere of ‘Cowboys & Aliens' will be at Comic-Con. And not only are we going to premiere it there, we're going to find a way to include as many of the fans as possible. I feel like they've come out for me, they've supported me. That's where it all started, and I want to give back. They should have the opportunity to see it first."
According to a later update by Universal, the movie premiere will be July 23 at the 2,967-seat San Diego Civic Theater. [Hero Complex]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Here are some more photos. [/Film]
World War Z
Ed Harris, Matthew Fox, and French actress Julia Levy-Boeken are reportedly in talks to join the film. There's no word on Harris' or Levy-Boeken's parts, but Fox is reportedly playing a character known only as "Parajumper." [Deadline and Bloody Disgusting]
The movie will reportedly film a bunch of scenes in the Scottish city of Glasgow, which will stand in for Philadelphia. [Sunday Mail]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Here's another poster. [ComingSoon.net]
Lance Reddick answers fan questions in this video.
Game of Thrones
We're not quite done with Ned Stark, according to this cryptic hint from TV Guide:
Although Ned Stark was beheaded on the Sept of Baelor, it's not the last we've seen of Sean Bean. In fact, in the finale, two of his children will see him in a way you'd probably expect of television; a third, though, will have a shocking run-in with dear old Dad.
The romance between Jason and Crystal probably won't follow the books too closely, which means there likely won't be a marriage this season. [TV Guide]
Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance as Dr. Lee, an expert on the effects of gamma radiation. Yeah...that sounds about right. Syfy also released some additional details for Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton's respective seven-episode stints on the show:
Ms. Day (web series The Guild, Red) plays Dr. Holly Marten, a quirky Department of Defense visitor to Eureka tasked with evaluating eager candidates for a special mission that has been given to Global Dynamics and will pit the town's scientists against one another.
Mr. Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) returns as the contentious Dr. Parrish, who is in competition with Fargo to be selected to the mission. The two also vie for the affections of Dr. Marten, who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a love triangle.
Here are some photos from next month's midseason premiere, courtesy of Syfy.
Here are some photos, a promo, and a sneak peek for episode 20, "Into the Black." [SpoilerTV]
Moon Bloodgood explains her character, Anne Glass:
I really enjoy the fact that, you know, she's a doctor - she was a pediatrician - and that I think that she's very admirable, that she doesn't often talk about herself, extremely selfless, always calm and rational, always, you know, being fair and with reason. And I think I admired her because I feel sometimes I'm not always that way and she was always selfless and always very maternal towards everyone.
And Noah Wyle explains why the show will likely only have ten-episode seasons:
[TNT head Michael Wright's] philosophy, which I tend to agree with is, that if you're writing for ten episodes you can really write to a focused point and make sure that all of your T's have been crossed and your eyes have been dotted.
And if you're trying to slug it out through 15, 17 — or, on a network, 22 to 24 — you run the risk of dissipating the potency of your story-telling and falling back on sort of (heck nine) clichés. And he really didn't want to do that. He really is very proud and pleased with the show and wants – should the second season come to pass it to have the same kind of punch that the first season did which I think you really only get from shooting a truncated season of 10, 12 maximum.
There's more at the link. [multipleverses.com]
The Nine Lives of Chloe King
Chloe King portrayer Skyler Samuels and her on-screen mother Amy Pietz explain where their relationship is headed over the course of the season:
Does Chloe's mom know about these powers?
Amy Pietz: No. I don't know how long we're going to draw it out, probably until the end of at least the first season.
Skyler Samuels: It's hard for Chloe to tell her mom and the development of that storyline is to be continued and to be determined, but Chloe is adopted and her adopted father is no longer in the picture. He disappeared about ten years ago.
Amy Pietz: More of a single mom, ‘Gilmore Girls' type thing.
Skyler Samuels: But I think Chloe is a little nervous to bring up this thing to her mom because it's like, ‘How do I tell her? Maybe she won't love me anymore. What does this mean? What does she know?' Trying to figure out who she is throughout the show is her biggest struggle, how to embrace these new things and make it a part of her life and to feel comfortable with that. As the story develops she begins to own it more and I think sooner rather than later my mom is going to find out.
Amy Pietz: The father has been communicating with Chloe in very secretive ways.
The adopted father or biological?
Amy Pietz: Adopted, and I'm unaware of that. That'll be revealed. All of it will unfold.
There's more at the link. [Daemon's TV]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.