Chris Evans explains why Captain America's costume changes in The Avengers. Patrick Wilson talks his love for Prometheus. Mark Millar admits the window is closing for Kick-Ass 2. Plus some intriguing new hints for the Doctor Who finale!
All that plus Game of Thrones casting news, Tim Kring and Kiefer Sutherland's new show gets the green light, a bunch of Terra Nova videos, some Supernatural hints, casting updates for Alex Proyas's Paradise Lost, and a classic Isaac Asimov novel gets a big screen adaptation!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Chris Evans explains his updated Captain America costume was very much director Joss Whedon's idea, and that's why he's more than OK with it:
"The first one was a 1940s look, very utilitarian, something that would serve a purpose on the battlefield," says Evans. "But in ‘The Avengers,' Joss just had a certain vision in his mind about what he wanted Cap to look like. That's what he wanted to see. It's so nice working on these movies and the director's a fan. He's the dude at Comic-Con that we're terrified of pissing off. If Joss is happy, I'm happy."
Iron Man 3
According to an inside source - so grains of salt at the ready, just in case - it's about "90% likely" that the third Iron Man movie will be shot in Wilmington, North Carolina, using ten sound stages at Screen Gem Studios. Production crews are reportedly already in the area, and there's speculation that sets are currently being built. Pre-production is reportedly on track to be completed by May 2012, with filming beginning in June. The area recently played host to movies like The Hunger Games and TV shows such as HBO's Eastbound and Down. [Latino Review]
Captain America 2
Chris Evans says the sequel may not be out until 2014:
"They may wait until 2014 until they release the next Cap. Marvel has a lot of balls in the air, they aren't going to cannibalize their films."
He also believes his six-picture deal will take the form of three Captain America movies and three Avengers films, and that the studio won't ask him to do cameos like Robert Downey, Jr.'s appearance in The Incredible Hulk, because it won't be a good use of his contractual obligations. [The Playlist]
Patty Jenkins is reportedly a contender to take on the project. The previous contender, Game of Thrones episodes director Brian Kirk, reportedly stepped aside for a mix of financial and creative reasons, which should fuel any number of theories about just why things didn't work out. Anyway, Jenkins's sole feature film is 2002's Monster, for which Charize Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, although Jenkins also recently directed the pilot episode of AMC's The Killing.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered these hints for the sequel:
"[It will] take Thor literally to other worlds. [It will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father (Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins) is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds."
Watchmen and Little Children star Patrick Wilson confirms his role in Ridley Scott's de facto Alien prequel isn't a huge part, but it's crucial in its own way:
"There is an importance to my character, certainly size [of the role] was not the issue. It's an exciting, thrilling script, so to be a part of it on any level, I said ‘Yes, just tell me where you want me to be, I will be there.' It was great. It was nice to come in just as they were finishing shooting, just to play a little bit. As you can imagine, [the film] is very wonderfully exiting, and yet so complicated and layered, which to me is what science fiction is all about, when it operates on many, many levels."
He also gushes about the script in no uncertain terms:
"It was an absolute thrill. I was blown away by [the script] and I don't use that sort of phrase a lot, but I was blown away by it, so excited that I wanted to read it again. I just kept re-reading it, even though I knew what was coming. And put it this way, I've never done this, I've never finished the shooting on a movie, and then on the ride home read the script again. I had no reason to read it, it was not work-oriented, I just really loved it, it's so cool."
Here are some "digital postcards" playing up the movie's premise. [IGN]
Here's a sneak peek clip. [ComingSoon.net]
When asked about a possible return to the role, Ron Perlman simply observed, "I wait patiently. Write your Congressman." I assume Guillermo del Toro is our congressman in this scenario? [MovieWeb]
Mark Millar is still bullish about the sequel coming together, but he admits Matthew Vaughn probably won't be back to direct, and the fact that the cast keeps aging is a limiting factor on when this can be made:
The thing about the first movie is that it kind of exploded all our careers. People forget, but this was a $28-million indie movie made in the UK. It grossed $100 million at theaters and made the same again and more on DVD and Blu-ray and got amazing reviews. So everybody involved suddenly got hired for a million different things, and re-forming the band again would be impossible. Hopefully, we can use the same actors if and when we do a sequel, but getting Matthew [Vaughn] to direct or Jane [Goldman] to write a movie at this budget would be very difficult because they're superstars now and they have projects of their own. I'd imagine, if this happens any time soon, that Matthew will produce and possibly co-write, like George Lucas did with "The Empire Strikes Back," and hire a new director. But there's a window because the actors are all supposed to be in high school and if this came out after 2013, for example, that window would have closed. I obviously know more than I can say, but I think people will be pretty happy with the conversations we've been having.
Dark City and I, Robot Alex Proyas's action adaptation of John Milton's poem has reportedly added some more cast members alongside Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, Benjamin Walker as the archangel Michael, and Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the Angel of Death. Casey Affleck has reportedly signed on to play Gabriel, the six-winged angel who serves as God's messenger. 10,000 BC actress Camilla Belle has been offered the role of Eve, while Rock of Ages actor Diego Boneta is the current first choice to play Adam. [Variety]
The Caves of Steel
In news I'm probably better off just ignoring, 20th Century Fox is reportedly working on an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's 1954 robot murder mystery and towering achievement in complete awesomeness. (I'm a bit of a fan.) Assigned to the film are director Henry Hobson and writer John Scott 3 (which, yes, is apparently how that's meant to be written), who are currently in pre-production on Maggie, which is about (what else?) a zombie teenager. Hobson is better known for creating title sequences for the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Rango, and The Walking Dead, while Scott's day job is actually building "command systems for NASA's flagship X-ray satellite [and working] with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which takes photos of X-ray photons in deep space." For some weird reason, that actually makes me slightly more optimistic about this, but yeah...probably going to just pretend this doesn't exist for the time being, just to be safe. [Deadline]
Here are some promo photos for the series six finale, "The Wedding of River Song." [SpoilerTV]
Simon Fisher-Becker discusses his return lovable shady business alien Dorium Maldovar, and how his apparent decapitation in "A Good Man Goes to War" is a mere detail. He's fairly cryptic, but it sort of sounds as though this does take place after Dorium was seemingly killed. Here are his hints for the episode:
"Does the Doctor meet his doom and gloom, as we're led to believe? It looks as if he will! I can say, because it's in the Radio Times, that Dorium does come back. Of course the question I keep being asked is how do I come back, because I lost my head in Episode 7. The various ideas that fans have had has been fascinating! What I can say is that my entire dialogue is with the Doctor. Originally, after I'd lost my head, I thought that was it for Dorium, unless they go backwards in time. I certainly didn't expect to come back so soon. When I saw the script I was bouncing around like Tigger! If they keep even just a fraction of what they filmed, Dorium is a good feature throughout...It would be lovely to do another story with Dorium and perhaps see a bit more of Dorium and how he relates to the Doctor. But you need to see the finale to see how he really relates to the Doctor!"
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Here are the official descriptions for episodes three and four, "The Curse of Clyde Langer":
It's raining fish from the skies, and Sarah Jane's investigations lead the gang to the Museum of Culture, where the ancient god Hetocumtek may offer answers. But when Clyde acts the fool once too often, family and friends savagely turn against him, and he is thrown out of their lives!
Clyde is alone and abandoned on the streets of London, living rough, cold and hungry. One person reaches out to him, but as they become friends, he's warned about the legendary Night Dragon. In Bannerman Road, Sky knows something's wrong – why do Sarah Jane and Rani suddenly hate Clyde?
Here are three sneak peeks for "Neither Here Nor There."
Here's an official sit-down interview with Joshua Jackson, although it appears Peter Bishop's non-existence has now spread to his actor. You know, if this now means D2: The Mighty Ducks has been erased from existence, I'm going to be royally pissed.
And here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Game of Thrones
Because the world just generally needs more Simon Fisher-Becker, the actor has revealed that, in addition to his Dorium duties on Doctor Who, he is also playing a "High Priest" in a couple episodes of the second season. It's thought that he's talking about the High Septon, which "is basically the pope of the faith of the Seven." He's likely playing the first High Septon, "who should have had a healthy fear of parades." [Cultbox, Winter is Coming, and SpoilerTV]
The Walking Dead
Here's another season two promo. [EW]
And here's a behind-the-scenes video.
Bunch of videos to go through here - there are video profiles of Shelley Conn's Elisabeth Shannon and Naomi Scott's Maddy Shannon, a video looking at what it's like to be a teenager in Terra Nova, and the cast photo shoot. There are smatterings of new footage throughout. [Terra Nova TV]
Person of Interest
Here's a promo for episode two, "Ghosts."
Once Upon a Time
Episode eight will reportedly be called "Desperate Souls." [SpoilerTV]
Heroes creator Tim Kring's new show has received a 13-episode order for next spring, meaning it'll appear as a mid-season replacement. Fox put out this press release for their newest show:
TOUCH is a distinct and colorful drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact. At the center of TOUCH is MARTIN BOHM (Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute 11-year-old son, JAKE (David Mazouz). After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake in school, Martin is visited by CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a social worker sent to evaluate Jake's well-being. Everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses the gift of staggering genius – the ability to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. Jake is indeed communicating. But it's not with words, it's with numbers. Martin meets ARTHUR DEWITT (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Now, it's up to Martin to decipher the meaning and connect the numbers to the cast of characters whose lives they affect.
Guillermo del Toro offered this brief update on the TV series he is currently developing with Marvel Television:
We've been coming up with an angle that is really strong. I am a fan of Peter David, Pak and Loeb but I like very much what individual writers and artists have done through the decades. I only gravitate to "monster" superheroes- (Blade, Hellboy, Deadman, Hulk-) because I have no interest on the straight ones -even when I've been offered the keys to the kingdom.
Here's the official description for episode four, "Defending Your Life":
DEAN IS PUT ON TRIAL FOR HIS PAST SINS —- Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a string of gruesome murders and discover the Egyptian god Osiris (guest star Faran Tahir) is behind the deaths. The vengeful god is putting people on trial for their past mistakes and killing them if found guilty. Osiris hones in on Dean's guilt and decides he's the next to stand trial. Sam steps in as Dean's lawyer, but both brothers are unprepared when Osiris calls an unexpected witness - Jo (guest star Alona Tal).
Executive producer Robert Singer discusses Dean's journey this year: "Dean will have lots of issues this year that he's going to have to deal with. "During the first thirteen episodes [of season seven], I think he will probably carry a rockier journey in an odd way in terms of how he feels emotionally and how he deals with things. He's on a real rollercoaster. Jensen has plenty to do! [Episode four is] a big turning point episode for Jensen's arc this year. Clearly the God doesn't kill him...but it's kind of a kick off for a good run for Jensen where he's in a different place than he's been in earlier seasons." [Examiner]
Here are provisional titles and airdates for episodes nine through twelve:
Episode 7.09: How to Win Friends and Influence People (11/18/2011)
Episode 7.10: Not Fade Away (12/02/2011)
Episode 7.11: Adventures In Babysitting (01/06/2012)
Episode 7.12: Amazon.com (01/13/2012) *Working Title
And here are cast photos for season seven. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some season four cast photos. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a promo for episode three, "The End of the Affair."
Here's the official description for episode five, "The Reckoning":
A SENIOR PRANK NIGHT TO DIE FOR —- Despite all that has happened, Caroline (Candice Accola) is determined to see that Elena (Nina Dobrev), Bonnie (Kat Graham), Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) all enjoy a traditional Senior Prank Night before the school year begins at Mystic Falls High School. However, when uninvited guests show up, it doesn't take long for the evening to take a deadly turn. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) convinces Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) that he can use his new connection to the other side to help find a way to defeat Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Finally, Klaus deepens his hold on Stefan (Paul Wesley) and uses him for increasingly violent and dangerous purposes.
The Secret Circle
Here's a promo for episode three, "Loner."
And here are some promo photos for the episode. [KSiteTV]
Here's the official description for the fifth episode, "Slither":
CASSIE IS TORN BETWEEN HER FAMILY AND THE CIRCLE —- Torn between her loyalties to the Circle and her family, Cassie (Britt Robertson) wrestles with the secrets she must keep from her grandmother (Ashley Crow). Nick (Louis Hunter) is thrown for a loop when Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) adopts a new attitude and enlists his help to track down her family's Book of Shadows. Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) is also recruited but isn't happy about being the third wheel. Meanwhile, Diana (Shelley Hennig) is craving some alone time with Adam (Thomas Dekker) and arranges a date night so they can rekindle the spark in their relationship, but all six of them are brought together to fight off a dark force that threatens to destroy the Circle from within. Completely unaware of the new danger encroaching on their children, Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) joins Charles (Gale Harold) aboard his boat to further their plans for the Circle, but is surprised to find that Charles may have more than business on his mind.
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.