We've seen plenty of Andrew Garfield as the rebooted Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, but we still know next to nothing about the villainous Lizard. That why it pays to keep an eye on those tie-in toys.
Plus Clark Gregg reveals more about Agent Coulson's expanded role in The Avengers!
Producer Andrew Kosove reveals exactly when we'll know what's really going on with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner follow-up.
Simon Pegg wonders whether he's too old to play Wee Hughie in Adam McKay's The Boys.
Plus lots more on the futures of Chuck, Once Upon a Time, and The Secret Circle!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Clark Gregg confirms that Agent Coulson does indeed have a much larger part here than the character did in any of his previous appearances, and he provides an interesting analogy for how Coulson fits into the Avengers team:
"I had to pinch myself because I'm not that jaded. I got to show up and put on the Coulson suit and I've got enough lines that I have a trailer, plus I get to do this amazing script by Joss Whedon. I don't know how I got to be a part of it, I just feel very lucky about it. When you look at the team it's made out of rock stars, divas, and giant muscles with superpowers so somebody has the job backstage at Lollapalooza to make them all play in the same concert and super band — and that's what Agent Coulson does."
When asked about the formation of the team itself, Gregg suggests this is what the various heroes were all destined to be a part of:
"The thing about The Avengers that I think is clear from the trailers is that they've spent a lifetime preparing for a moment like this. Whatever is coming down the pike, everyone is taking care of business to the best of their abilities. It may cause some tensions but they're going to hit it head on."
He also throws out an anecdote of the first time he saw the Avengers together on set, which includes the revealing detail — and I know this is just a massive, massive spoiler — that Samuel L. Jackson will look intimidating and badass as Nick Fury:
"It's a little hard to believe, coming from a supporting role that they kept beefing up and adding to new movies, that I would actually walk into that room I walked into and see that collection of people in their various versions or incredibly worked up neoprene. When I walked in the first thing I did was go, "Oh my god! Look at all these actors in costumes!" But then you look at them a little closer and you go, "I just walked into a room with Captain America, Tony Stark...oh my god!" And then you go, "That's Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr!" Then all of a sudden Sam [Jackson] comes in and gives me a look and I'm like, "There's some big problems we've got to take care of so let's go do it!"
The Amazing Spider-Man
Assuming everything about this photo of a tie-in toy is on the level, that image in the middle might well be our first proper look at the creature make-up for Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. It certainly seems to resemble the concept art we've seen before, not to mention the Pez dispensers. In case you're wondering, I'm about 95% sure that weird red light in the middle of the Lizard's head is just part of the toy, not the character. [/Film]
Iron Man 3
This is about as minor as it gets, but Robert Downey, Jr. is reportedly having special three-inch lifts put into his shoes for this movie, in an effort to look taller than his 5'8" frame. [New York Post]
Producer Andrew Kosove discusses his ongoing plans for a Blade Runner followup that is either a sequel or prequel of some sort, and to which Ridley Scott is currently attached as returning director. Here's Kosove on the status of Scott with the project:
"Here's the thing about Ridley. Ridley is a special guy. He's a force of nature. He's got a lot of stuff that he's working on. I believe it's an extremely high priority for Ridley, that's what he's said to me. This project is moving forward aggressively in development."
Kosove also gave an update on when we can expect to hear more concrete details about the project:
"Sometime in the first two months of the new year we'll announce who the screenwriter will be and whether or not it's a prequel or sequel. And then we'll be off to the races."
World War Z
Marco Beltrami, who served as composer on Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and the Thing prequel, will reportedly provide the music for Marc Forster's Brad Pitt starring adaptation of Max Brooks's novel. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Anchorman and The Other Guys director Adam McKay has been working on an R-rated adaptation of Garth Ennis's comic book series, and one of the major subjects of casting speculation has been Simon Pegg for Wee Hughie, which is only natural since Wee Hughie was originally based on Pegg's appearance. For his part, Pegg says he wants to do it, but he's worried he's no longer a fit for the part in terms of age:
"I have [read the script], it's really good. I'd love to do it, if it came about. My fear is that I'm too old to play Wee Hughie, now. But you know, obviously, the character was drawn, at least, around my face."
The Piranha 3D sequel that relocates the action to one of piranhas' most famous habitats - a waterpark - will skip theatrical release in the United Kingdom and go straight to DVD, and it's decently likely the same will end up happening in the United States as well. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Here's a promo poster and a synopsis for this found footage movie that was previously called Ward 8. The film is apparently based around those (completely fictitious) Mayan doomsday prophecies. Here's the official description:
We were warned in an ancient Mayan prophecy that the 21st December 2012 would be the beginning of the end, but not how and where this new era would unveil itself. Until now.
In December 2011 a strange futuristic-looking artifact was uncovered in an uncharted Mayan temple in Mexico - examination of the artifact revealed binary coded information which appeared to be encoded footage. The content was unlocked by students at Chicago state university and appeared to be several hours of video footage heralding the end of the world... time stamped in the near future.
Investigation of those featured in the footage produced several names and the authorities attempted to question those involved about the validity of the footage. But all of the people featured in this footage have disappeared...
Here's the promo for episode nine, "Chuck vs. the Kept Man", which airs next Friday.
There's a bit of confusion over what the final two episodes are called. Just last week, episodes twelve and thirteen were reportedly "Chuck vs. the Last Mission Part 1" and the logically titled followup "Chuck vs. the Last Mission Part 2." Now, however, it appears the series finale is called "Chuck vs. the Goodbye", while the penultimate episode has been given the intriguingly ominous title "Chuck vs. Sarah." Either way, they will both air as part of the two-hour finale on January 27. [Zap2It]
Speaking of the finale, the company Skydive Pismo Beach reportedly provided help with two last-minute skydiving sequences as part of the final episode's production. The company's manager Chris Lee recounts the dives:
"They wanted to shoot some footage of skydivers landing on the beach. We were perfectly setup for what they needed. It all came together very quickly."
The skydivers are presumably standing in for main characters, though it's not currently known which ones were being doubled. [ChuckTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a promo for next Sunday's midseason premiere and eighth episode overall, "Desperate Souls."
Here's the official description for episode ten, "7:15 AM":
MARY MARGARET AND DAVID CONTINUE TO GRAPPLE WITH THEIR UNREQUITED LOVE, AND SNOW WHITE TRIES TO EASE HER BREAKING HEART AS PRINCE CHARMING'S WEDDING TO KING MIDAS'S DAUGHTER APPROACHES – Mary Margaret and David continue to grapple with their unrequited love, and Emma and Regina grow suspicious over a mysterious new stranger in town. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Snow White yearns to ease her breaking heart as Prince Charming's wedding to King Midas's daughter approaches,
Richard Schiff talks about his role as King Leopold, the father of Ginnifer Godwin's Snow White:
"He certainly seems to be a happy guy at first glances. They wrote him as a happy-go-lucky guy. [He doesn't] desire anything. But at one point he says, ‘I have a prosperous kingdom, a beautiful daughter, and a lovely Queen,' and I decided to make the Queen line not as excited as the other two items on that list. In other words, he's unhappy and I don't think people are ignorant [to that] … So there's a little bit of darkness underneath him."
He also says it's not clear whether he will be back after his upcoming guest spot:
"The actors all seem to think I'm coming back, but that's a discussion I've have not had with anyone else. But they all say, ‘You have to come back because you explain this and that' and ‘You're the reason that… ‘ But, really, they're all guessing along with [viewers]."
The Vampire Diaries
Here are some promo photos for the midseason premiere and tenth episode overall, "The New Deal", which will air on January 5. [BuddyTV]
And here's a bunch of promo photos for the eleventh episode, "Our Town", which will be broadcast on January 12. [SpoilerTV]
The Secret Circle
Here are some promo photos for episode eleven, "Fire & Ice", which airs January 12. [KSiteTV]
Discussing the new character Lee, the dangerous operator of an occult Botanica played by Friday Night Lights alumnus Grey Damon, executive producer Andrew Miller calls him "confident and cocky and [having] a different kind of power than we've seen" whose participation in Faye's scheme "could prove dire for some of [the] other characters." [TV Line]
An upcoming episode will see Cassie have moments with both Adam and Jake in which "she nearly kills both of them in two separate occurrences", although apparently "one of the near-deaths is not as it seems." [EW]
Here's a new promo for the anime adaptation of Marvel's greatest vampire hunting badass, starring Harold Perrineau as the voice of Blade. The show premieres Friday, January 13 on G4.
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.