Thor might have multiple love interests in the sequel. Get a first look at the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road. Don't expect Avatar 2 or the live-action Star Wars TV show anytime soon. Plus awesome updates on Fringe's upcoming villains!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises
In Entertainment Weekly's upcoming preview of the film, director Christopher Nolan confirms the movie will return to the Batcave, and the decision made by Batman and Commissioner Gordon at the end of The Dark Knight to pin Two-Face's crimes on Batman will have serious repercussions throughout the film. He also reassures everyone that Bane will be easier to understand in the full context of the film, apparently in both the vocal and thematic senses:
"I think when people see the film, things will come into focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him."
Iron Man 3
Robert Downey, Jr. talks up the next Iron Man movie as a return to what made the first Iron Man so successful, and improve upon it:
"I think that we have an opportunity with the third Iron Man to make the best of the three, and maybe one of the better superhero movies that's ever been made. But I think we have to remember what made the first one good. It was very character-driven. It was very odd. It was kind of outrageous. And so I think we have to have the courage to trust that the audience is really kind of cool, and smart."
Jaime Alexander says she hopes to return as Sif, and that the movie will deal to some degree with the character's romance with Thor:
"I'm a comic book nerd at heart, so I'd like to see the relationship between Thor and Sif progress. Whether or not they do that, we're not sure yet. We'll see. I think that element will be in there, but I don't know how much. We just got Alan Taylor from 'Game of Thrones' to direct, so I'm very excited. I'm excited to see what he brings. ['Game of Thrones'] is great. The style and the lighting and the tone of it, everything about it is so unlike anything you see on TV these days. He's got a great history of directing comedic bits and action bits, and that's something our movie definitely has."
If the movie does indeed pursue Thor and Sif's relationship - something the first movie only really obliquely hinted at - then that could prove a rather interesting complication for Thor's eventual reunion with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster. [MTV Splash Page]
Alexander also refused to completely rule out an appearance in The Avengers. It sounds like she was talking purely hypothetically, but it would appear a post-credits appearance isn't completely out of the question:
"I can't tell you. Sometimes you never know. It'll be funny — they'll call you and they'll do a post-credits scene and you go, 'Oh, so everything I said in interviews is completely wrong.' So you never know!"
X-Men: First Class
Michael Fassbender confirmed a sequel is likely, saying he has "no choice" but to appear in it and that they're "at the ground level, but yeah I think there's going to be another one." [Coming Soon]
According to producer Jon Landau, the first sequel is still four years away, which likely means December 2015 at the absolute earliest — and more likely sometime in 2016. [Bleeding Cool]
Here's a Spanish poster. [First Showing]
Here are some artsy new posters for the found footage teens with superpowers movie. [First Showing]
Mad Max: Fury Road
Here are a couple photos of some of the cars currently being shipped from Australia to South Africa for the upcoming filming of the fourth Mad Max movie, in which Tom Hardy will take over for Mel Gibson. The cargo reportedly included multiple cars that resembled Mad Max's Interceptor, suggesting they will need at least a few of them for stunts the cars won't survive. [The Age]
Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski discusses her part alongside Aaron Eckhart in this post-apocalyptic take on the Frankenstein story:
I'm flying in a couple of weeks to Australia to shoot another movie with Aaron Eckhart, which I'm really excited about called I, Frankenstein. It's going to be sort of an action-drama-romance type movie. I play a scientist, and I think I'm changing up my accent. I'm going to be British in this one, which is nice for a change. I've been an American for so many years now (Laughs). It's kind of a modern take on the original (Frankenstein) story. There will be some romantic elements, I think it's safe to say that much.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
David Fincher is reportedly leaning towards making this his next directorial project instead of the planned sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fincher reportedly is very happy with the script by The Informant! and Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns, which Se7en writer Andrew Kevin Walker is currently rewriting. [The Playlist]
Isabelle Fuhrman, who played the title character in Orphan and will appear as the District 2 tribute Clove in The Hunger Games, is reportedly in negotiations to appear alongside Will and Jaden Smith in M. Night Shyamalan's new post-apocalyptic movie. Furhman would play Rayna, a friend of Jaden's character, though since the Smiths spend most of the movie stranded on an inhospitable planet Earth it's unclear just how and where she would appear. [Heat Vision]
Here are some promo photos of X-Men: First Class actor Nicholas Hoult in this zombie romance written and directed by 50/50's Jonathan Levine. The cast also includes Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and John Malkovich.
And here's a short synopsis:
When a highly unusual zombie rescues a girl from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
The Woman in Black
Here's another poster for Daniel Radcliffe's Victorian horror move. [Fangoria]
Here are a couple photos of Ethan Hawke in the new supernatural thriller from The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson, which apparently nobody was even aware existed before these two photos showed up. Anyway, it hits theaters on August 24, and here's a synopsis:
"...a true crime novelist (Hawke) struggling to find his next big story, moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place. But after finding a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, his investigation leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm's way."
Se7en and FlashForward actor Michael Massee has been cast as an upcoming bad guy, one thought to involve lots of prosthetics that will appear in episode fifteen. Showrunner Joel Wyman describes the character's appearance as, "a terrifying journey with a man pushed to the limits by intense loneliness." [TV Guide]
One of the members of the alternate universe Fringe team is a mole working for a returning enemy — most likely, Jared Harris's David Robert Jones, who is known to be making an imminent return appearance. [TV Guide]
For a complete rundown of pretty much everything we know about tomorrow night's big midseason premiere, "Back To Where You've Never Been", check out the link. [BuddyTV]
Game of Thrones
Actor Tom Wlaschila discusses his upcoming role as Jaqen H'ghar:
My role [is] a magical assassin called Jaqen H'ghar and he mainly interacts with Arya, the little Stark girl, and he is a teacher. What I liked about that character is that at the beginning he appears as one of the bad guys because he is introduced as an assassin but he turns out to be more her teacher and helps her to kill off her enemies. And I got to shape-shift which was great — it was my first shape-shift on screen (laughs).
Star Wars: Underworld
Rick McCallum clarifies his recent comments about the live-action TV show, saying Underworld is still only a working title, but the subject matter is pretty much locked in:
"Expect a lot of smugglers, gangsters, bounty hunters, and a few Wall Street-type power brokers. Nothing about Luke or the Skywalker saga."
He also says the fifty scripts come from writers from "Europe, Australia, and North America", but the show is still a long way off. When asked if it would start filming in the next four years, McCallum responded:
"Even longer. Because I think we don't have the technology yet to be able to do it for the level of money that it would have to be done. Plus, the world of television is imploding. No one knows whether you should make a network show or a cable show. I'm really excited about it though, and I hope George does do it. I really do."
As for the other Star Wars TV show — the comedy series by Seth Green and his Robot Chicken team — McCallum indicates it is a sketch show and on track for an airdate probably around 2013. [EW]
Person of Interest
Tonight's episode will see Reese and Finch effectively switch roles, as Reese performs surveillance on an apartment superintendent who may or may not be a stalker, while Finch goes into the world to mess with the CIA and show Detective Carter what he and Reese are really all about. [TV Guide]
Sarah actress Yvonne Strahovski reveals what the show's final villain Nicholas Quinn, as played by Braveheart's Angus MacFayden, will get up to:
"He takes something away from Chuck and Sarah, and it may not necessarily be something physical."
She expands on that answer elsewhere:
"Something very unexpected happens. When I read the script, I was really surprised myself. Chuck and Sarah have this great relationship, but I think in these last episodes, you'll see that they'll have something taken away from them, and it sort of causes some trouble in a big way...[Quinn is] a little more erratic than others. Well, Volkoff was a little like that, but then he changed and became a really sweet guy. But I don't think we see that from Nicholas Quinn."
Robert Duncan McNeill, who is probably best known for playing Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager but is now a director and producer on Chuck, tweeted this photo of him next to Adam Baldwin which he says is from his cameo role in the finale.
Monroe will pay a solo visit to Nick's trailer in tomorrow night's episode. [TV Line]
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for Friday's episode, "Time After Time After Time." [BuddyTV]
Executive producer Sera Gamble promises that at least one of the brothers' departed friends will be back soon:
"You will eventually see the Impala again. He could never leave [her] forever! It breaks everyone's heart, including ours. That's one of the biggest loses of the season is that Dean can't drive her."
Also, Gamble says not to expect a return appearance by Rob Benedict as novelist prophet Chuck Shurley:
"If I were a fan, I'd feel pretty satisfied by the way that Eric [Kripke] wrote Chuck's last chapter. I would feel really good about that episode. We don't currently have anything else for him to do, but I would certainly never say never. If somebody walked into the writers room tomorrow with a fantastic idea for an episode that needed him, we would do it immediately."
Here are some photos for the third and final episode of the second series, which airs this Sunday. [Den of Geek]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a pair of promo photos for tonight's episode, "Our Town." [SpoilerTV]
And here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the episode. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.