We know Tony Stark survives The Avengers — but who else can we be reasonably sure survives the Joss Whedon Death Touch? A list of major characters in Iron Man 3 gives us a major hint. Plus Chris Hemsworth discusses the dress sense of the Avengers, and Thor's journey.
Director Jonathan Liebesman explains more about the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
A Battlestar Galactica actor might be joining Man of Steel, but who will he play?
All the latest Doctor Who rumors, including the exciting setting of Amy and Rory's final adventure.
Director Timur Bekmambetov explains how vampires reshaped history in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Thor actor Chris Hemsworth explains how the costumes vary for the team depending on whether or not they're in battle:
"I think [the costume department] did a great job of toning it back a little with the outfits so there was a little bit of a common thread between them. Individually, in their own films they're probably a little flashier. In ‘The Avengers', I removed my cape for some of the scenes, and that was more Thor's casual number. Captain America had his sleeves rolled up. Just something that broke the formality of it all, and I think it works for that reason because of those slight adjustments. Everyone was scared of that, of how it was going to look, but then among the action scenes where everything is so hot and full on, it's like now you want the colours; now you want everyone to be in their full glory. And then the stuff just kind of launches off the screen. It's wicked."
He also talks some more about Thor's arc:
"With ['The Avengers'] it was a little more difficult to track an individual journey so much. You still do, but you have to work harder because it's not as obvious. You're much more a part of the flow of the group. For me, I guess Thor, in a different way from everyone else, was much more emotionally invested in the villain, and the problem that the villain brings because it was his brother. That's his sort of difference, and it's a much more personal conflict. For the rest of them it was more like they had a job to do… At the end of [the first 'Thor' movie] he's matured somewhat. He's been humbled and he's earned his powers now, but then what do you do? Put it into action. It's one thing to say you've learned a lesson, but now it's like, "Show us that you're not still a cocky petulant kid!"
Iron Man 3
A casting notice confirms what we all expected, that Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle will be back again as Pepper Potts and James Rhodes respectively. Somewhat less expected — but not altogether surprising — is that Scarlett Johansson is also coming back as Black Widow, which means I think we can safely say that character won't die in The Avengers (not that that seemed like that likely a possibility). There's no mention of any other potential returning cast members, though I'd be shocked if some combination of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and/or Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury doesn't show up. [MovieWeb]
The Amazing Spider-Man
Here's a promo poster of the Lizard, which is pretty much in line with all the rather underwhelming concept art we've been seeing for the last few months. Let's hope he looks better on the screen, I guess. [First Showing]
Man of Steel
This is just an IMDB rumor for now, so grains of salt at the ready, but Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse actor Tahmoh Penikett has reportedly been cast as a character called Emerson. At the link, there's some incredibly wild speculation — seriously, even by the standards of wild speculation, this is pretty out there — that this "Emerson" refers to Grant Emerson, the secret identity of the forgotten 1990s DC superhero Damage. That strikes me as more or less impossible — my money would be this Emerson is some sort of agent or soldier, since those seem like just the sorts of roles Tahmoh Penikett would play in a Superman movie, as opposed to some random fourth tier DC hero. Assuming he's actually in the movie at all. [Cosmic Book News]
Here's a TV spot, featuring a few bits of new footage. [Shock Till You Drop]
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Director Timur Bekmambetov drops some interesting hints about the ways vampires affected the movie's version of history:
There was no goal for me there to do something nobody has seen before. The combination of the vampires and Lincoln is unique enough, for me. It was logical for me to create a vampire world as relatable as possible, or something you could understand. There were a lot of small details, though. For example, because it's a grounded world, vampires can work outside and in daylight. Otherwise, how can they live in the real world? The answer is, they created sunscreen and it's why they were everywhere - in Congress, in banks, they're lawyers. They invented sunscreen. And the vampire hunters invented photography - because according to mythology - they don't reflect in mirrors. So, in the photographic process, there's silver involved, same as a mirror, and vampire hunters use the photo process to see who is invisible. If you take a picture of Congress, you'll see half of the group is invisible - they're vampires.
Here are two set photos featuring commentary from costar Michelle Pfeiffer. [Shock Till You Drop]
Melissa Leo, who previously screamed profanities at Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter — something many of us might want to do at one time or another, but we typically don't win Oscars for it — has reportedly been cast alongside Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko in Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie in which almost all of humanity lives far above the surface of the burnt out Earth. There's no word yet on what part she will play, but here's hoping it involves hurling profanities at Tom Cruise while declaring Christian Bale is way better, as that's proven a winning formula for her. [Deadline]
Director Peter Berg talks some more about this film's connection to the original board game, or lack thereof:
Battleship's a unique experience. It certainly doesn't have any direct correlation to the game. That being said, it was a lot of fun to try to find way to reference the game. If you look at the ordinance that the enemies use, it looks a bit like pegs. Both of our ships' radar systems have trouble seeing each other, so they gotta try and predict where the enemy is so that they can go after them. And there were some other things that were kind of fun. They were certainly never mandated, but anybody that's of a certain age that knows the game will look at it and probably kind of smile to themselves. I guess they could say, "This is preposterous!" and storm out of the theater. I don't think they will, but hopefully they'll say its kind of a clever reference to the game.
Men in Black 3
Here are some new behind the scenes photos of makeup expert Rick Baker and his latest alien creations, including Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement's main villain. [Coming Soon]
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Here's a promo photo of Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye. [/Film]
In what is fast becoming the most pointless controversy in science fiction's long, long history of pointless controversies, director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) weighed in on the whole "Michael Bay said the turtles will be aliens this time around" thing:
"Look, it's so funny-if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I'm not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we're sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don't know, but we are like Michael said: we're expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology. I promise you: fans will love it.
"Whatever mythology we're building on or expanding is coming from that guy, Kevin Eastman's head, who created the Turtles in the first place. And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we're coming up with. A lot of it is stuff he's wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn't had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film to expand it in the right way. And so, I'm happy that everyone is extremely passionate, and they will not be disappointed. It's all coming from the best possible place for this franchise."
When asked how the turtles will be portrayed in the movie, Liebesman name-checked Rise of the Planet of the Apes, implying a mix of CGI and motion capture. Oh, also, Liebesman took a moment to pretend that anyone cares about the turtles' characters beyond what is established in the theme song about them being party dudes, cool but rude, etc.:
We're definitely into the action, but for me what's more important than that is that it's a story about brotherhood and friendship and responsibility. Right now, I'm with the characters because those are what attracted me to the movie. They're the best characters I'll have had a chance to deal with."
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has officially joined previously attached director Gore Verbinski in abandoning the video game adapation:
"Right now it's on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating."
Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce's planned new adaptation of the Stephen King story has reportedly come down to two actresses for the lead: 15-year-old Hugo, Let Me In, and Kick-Ass actress Chloë Moretz and 24-year-old actress Haley Bennett, who has a big role in the upcoming Ryan Gosling movie Lawless. Make of it what you will that there's a nine year age difference between the two prospective leads. Also, Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are reportedly the two big contenders to play Carrie's crazed mother. [Vulture]
Robot and Frank
Here's an interview with stars Frank Langella and Liv Tyler in which they discuss this Sundance hit about an elderly man living with his own helper robot.
Executive producer Caroline Skinner revealed that Amy and Rory's big departure in the fifth episode — which definitely features the Weeping Angels and may feature a major death — will shoot in New York City. Hopefully this will involve more than just the random exterior shots filmed for "Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks", and since it's set in America I might as well get the ball rolling and ask: Who's up for a return appearance by Mark Sheppard as Canton Everett Delaware III? That last bit, of course, is just baseless, irresponsible speculation on my part. Still fun though. [Huffington Post]
One last tidbit of news from the announcement of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion - no, I can't believe we're not done yet either. Anyway, the BBC notes that the Christmas special and seven subsequent episodes featuring Coleman may create some sort of arc that builds toward "an epic, climatic [sic] 50th anniversary." More on that in a moment. [BBC]
And that moment is...now. Leaving aside Christopher Eccleston as a likely lost cause to return for any multi-Doctor shenanigans, two of the other most plausible returning Doctor candidates have confirmed they would be up to come back. In news that is sure to please a huge legion of fans, David Tennant recently said he would like to be involved and that he's "waiting for a phone call." And, in news that is sure to please a much smaller but way more hardcore legion of fans, Paul McGann recently confirmed, "Of course, I'd do it - they've just got to ring me up!" I'm pretty sure all the living classic Doctors have said they would theoretically be up for it, ranging from enthusiastic (Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy) to neutral but willing (Peter Davison) to it never pays to guess what is going on in Tom Baker's mind (Tom Baker). [Doctor Who TV and Digital Spy]
Here's a promo for this Friday's episode, "Nothing As It Seems."
Here are some set photos featuring Anna Torv and recently cast guest star Rebecca Mader. [SpoilerTV]
Game of Thrones
Executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff discuss their overall approach to this season:
Weiss: I think fans of the show can expect to be surprised by some of what happens. We're taking approaches that might surprise [fans of the books] as well. A lot of the characters that George [R.R. Martin] created are so rich and so wonderful that you often find yourself wondering what would happen if this one met that one…So there will definitely be some nice surprises [and] excitement for both longtime readers and newcomers to the material.
Benioff: We're not looking at our series as a book-by-book adaptation so much as an adaptation of George's entire saga. In other words, in our minds season two is not A Clash of Kings [the series' second book]. It is the second season of our adaptation of [the entire saga], A Song of Ice and Fire.
This is a fairly minor bit of bookkeeping, but Peter Dinklage is reportedly now the first name listed in the season two opening credits, taking Sean Bean's vacated spot. That's likely at least in part a reflection of the fact that he's now the most famous person on the show, but it could mean that he's now the show's de facto protagonist in the absence of Ned Stark. (It also means he might have the chance to add a Lead Actor Emmy to last year's Supporting win, which would be kinda awesome.) There are some more tidbits at the link, including which eight new names have been added to the opening credits this season for the rather grand total of 23. [BuddyTV]
Costar Carrie Preston teases what's ahead for her character this season:
This season focuses more on Arlene and Terry than on the baby. We have not seen the last of Patrick, the mysterious figure from Terry's past that came into their lives at the end of season 4.
The Walking Dead
Executive producer Glen Mazzara participated in a Twitter Q&A session and confirmed, among other things, that the helicopter spotted at the end of season two is the same one Rick saw previously, and that it will appear again in season three. He also suggested the show is more or less done with flashbacks, and that we will see lots more of Rick being ruthless, which will be crucial to him going up against David Morrissey's Governor. There's more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for this Thursday's episode, "Oregon."
Here's a sneak peek for tonight's two-part season finale, "Garrett Stillman" and "Tommy Madsen." You can also check out a nice spoiler-y preview of the finale here and some cast interviews for the finale here.
Person of Interest
Dagmara Dominczyk, who appeared alongside series star Jim Caviezel in The Count of Monte Cristo, tweeted that she will be filming a guest spot next week, most likely for episode twenty-two, "No Good Deed." [@DagDom17]
Once Upon a Time
Considering its success, this isn't really even remotely surprising, but ABC is reportedly close to formally renewing the show for a second season. [TV Line]
Here are some set photos. [Zimbio]
Here's a promo for this week's episode, "Safety in Numbers."
Maria Bello, whose credits include A History of Violence and the hat-wearing star in that ill-fated remake of Prime Suspect, has reportedly signed on for a multi-episode guest role, described as "an earth-mother type whose daughter had a similar gift to that of Jake (David Mazouz), the mute, autistic son of Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) who can predict future bad events." If the show gets a second season — which is something too terrifying for me to even contemplate, considering I could barely get through the second episode — she could be promoted to a series regular. I think we've found Jake's new mom - although the fact that her daughter had the same gift as Jake suggests there may be some half-baked tragedy thrown into this stew. [TV Guide]
Here's a preview for this week's episode, "Party On, Garth", featuring the return of DJ Qualls as a rather irritating fellow hunter named, rather unsurprisingly, Garth.
Dean is surprised when he gets a call from Garth asking for the brothers' help on a case. Sam and Dean discover they are battling a Shojo, a Japanese creature sent to seek revenge on enemies. The worst part about fighting a Shojo? You can only see it when you're drunk.
Here's a recap of the last four seasons and what to expect from the coming fifth and final season.
The Vampire Diaries
Episode twenty-one is reportedly called, "Before Sunset", and we can only hope will involve nothing but lengthy but vaguely meaningless conversations as two would-be lovers wander around Paris. Also, Ethan Hawke shows up.
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Here are the first set photos of the CW's update of the 1980s show with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton. This one stars Smallville's Kristin Kreuk as the Beauty part of the equation. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.