Clark Gregg promises that you'll love The Avengers. A Dark Knight Rises rumor is 100% confirmed. An Alcatraz showrunner reveals what to expect next season... if there's a next season. Plus photos for Dark Shadows and Cabin in the Woods!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises
This has been widely rumored for a while now, but the production notes for Wrath of the Titans confirm that Liam Neeson is indeed back as Ra's al Ghul for the final Batman movie:
"Neeson next appears in Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," and he also will be seen in Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated action thriller "The Dark Knight Rises."
Not that he's the most unbiased person on this particular subject, but Agent Coulson actor Clark Gregg reveals that he's seen a cut of the film and, yes, he likes it:
I'm not going to lie. I have seen a cut. I'm very excited for people to see this movie. I think the fans, like me, will be as excited as I was, when I saw it. From the minute I read Joss Whedon's script, I thought, "Oh, man, this is going to be fun to do!" The hardest thing to get right is to figure out how to bring all those characters together, and to fulfill the promise of The Avengers. They really set a very high bar for themselves because you've been setting this coalition up, for these five movies, and they better deliver. And in my opinion, they thoroughly deliver.
Here are two promo photos of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's an international poster. [Coming Soon]
Unknown Marvel Project
Rapper T.I., whose film credits include American Gangster and Takers, recently revealed that "there is a Marvel Comic franchise that [has] been inquiring about my availability for some time", but your guess is as good as mine what that might actually refer to. Obviously, the first guess here is Luke Cage, but that's hardly the only possibility, especially since a number of other actors like Michael Jai White and Isaiah Mustafa have also been talking up their potential involvement in a Luke Cage movie. [/Film]
X-Men: First Class
Here's an interview with Magneto actor Michael Fassbender, in which he confirms he has discussed the sequel with screenwriter Simon Kinberg but doesn't go into too many additional details.
Director Ridley Scott discusses the film's potential rating, which will most likely be a PG-13, assuming they actually want the thing to make any money. Either way, he says the film will have an R-rated sensibility, psychologically speaking:
"The question is, do you go for the PG-13, [which] financially makes quite a difference, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Essentially, it's kinda R. It's not just about the blood, it's about ideas that are very stressful. I'm not an idiot, but I'll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can."
He also offers the latest reason why he decided to go back to the world of Alien:
"[I've wanted to revisit it for] years! Years, years, years," he stresses of Alien's space traveller subplot. "I always wondered when they did [Aliens] 2,3 and 4 why they hadn't touched upon that, instead of evolving into some other fantastic story. They missed the biggest question of them all: who's the big guy? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There's all kinds of questions."
Elsewhere, Scott discusses the film's use of 3D:
I'm kind of naturally visual anyway, that's where I come from. And you're working off superb 3D screens, which are on the floor, and are really big. It was just wonderful. I was shooting on 3D, then seeing it on the floor. It was easy, I must say.
Do you push it in a way we haven't seen before?
Well, I mean, yeah. You only want to push it so far, before it becomes arrows popping out of the screen and stabbing you in the eye. You use it for visual effect.
Is it more immersive, giving depth?
Yes, yes. And you can do that afterwards, by the way. I'm actually decided right now how deep to make it on certain sequences.
We Mortals Are
In the same interview that T.I. revealed is potential involvement with Marvel, he also said that he will be in Bourne Identity director Doug Liman's movie about a soldier, played by Tom Cruise, who relives his final 24 hours alive on a futuristic battleground over and over again until he can put things right.
Here's a bunch of new character posters. [Shock Till You Drop]
The Cabin in the Woods
Here are a few promo photos for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's long-awaited horror movie. [Coming Soon]
New Girl and 500 Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel is reportedly in talks to play the love interest, Mary, of the time traveling protagonist in this film by Richard Curtis, the writer of Blackadder and the Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor." (He's also written a couple billion-dollar romantic comedies, but really, Blackadder and that one Doctor Who episode are what matter here.) Domnhall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies and is the son of the great Brendan Gleeson, is also reportedly in talks to play the hero Tim, who discovers he is the latest in a long line of time travelers and tries to use his abilities to improve people's lives for the better. [Variety]
Here are some promo photos for the alien invasion movie starring Hanna's Saoirse Ronan and based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. [IGN]
The Seventh Son
Here's some concept art for the upcoming fantasy film in which Jeff Bridges plays an aging knight who takes on an apprentice in his centuries-long war with Julianne Moore's evil witch. [Collider]
Rise of the Guardians
Here's a new synopsis for the upcoming Dreamworks film, which includes the voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, and Jude Law:
Rise of the Guardians is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.
Now you can watch the full press conference with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill and executive producers Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner from the recent Doctor Who convention. [Doctor Who News Page]
I honestly thought we'd seen the end of this whole mess, but Harry Potter director David Yates keeps insisting he is going to make a Doctor Who movie, and he's even said production will take place in 2015 or 2016. Doctor Who brand manager Edward Russell has already come forward to say Steven Moffat's repeated denials represent "the absolute truth and final word on the matter." [Blogtor Who]
Here's another promo for this Friday's episode, "Nothing As It Seems." [Fringe Television]
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says it's possible there will eventually be a fifth season of Torchwood, the all-around lackluster performance of Miracle Day notwithstanding:
You know, Russell [Davies] is so busy. Obviously, we're in touch with the BBC all the time. They are our partners on DaVinci's Demons and the Harem project that you just mentioned. We told them, we stand by ready for any news, but I think it would be a while before Russell came back to Torchwood.
Costar Russell Hornsby discusses what's ahead for Hank, as well as a particular hint for this Friday's episode:
The more that Hank is exposed peripherally to that world, the more questions he is going to have. He made a statement in an earlier episode saying ‘Things are getting weirder and weirder in this town.' I think he's starting to sense something. You would think that after 10 or 15 years being a police officer that one has seen it all. But now there's a new sort of force or energy that is descending into this town and he's starting to sense that. As the series grows and moves on he'll have to see that Nick is different and that Nick is also reacting differently to a lot of these forces. He will definitely become suspicious. And that idea to learn more is consistent for me as an actor and as a character. Obviously as an actor it's more interesting to play, and a lot more fun but also for the audience as well.
We saw Claire Coffee's character Adalind Engel in earlier episodes. She seemed to have some designs on Hank. Is this something we're going to see more of in upcoming episodes?
Well actually yes! Tune in Friday and you will see very specifically how their relationship grows. We have a very interesting episode coming up in which Hank and Adalind sort of discover each other from a different paradigm. It's different to how they've known each other before. There's a wonderful story arc of three episodes which specifically involves Hank and Adalind.
There's more at the link. [Chevron One]
Showrunner David Pyne seems fairly realistic about the show's minimal chances for a second season renewal — at least until the inevitable Netflix rumors start up, I guess — but he does provide a sense of what we could expect should the show manage to get an unexpected pickup:
More of what we've been doing toward the end. We're finding a way to marry the mythology and the A story by creating conspiracies, criminal conspiracies and multiple agendas for the '63s that we didn't have the opportunity to do before. It allows the audience to invest in a greater way in the A story. Occasionally, we can still do the guy who comes back who's just crazy and you've got to catch him before he wreaks havoc. But I feel like it's much more satisfying when you see characters who you have heard about or you know before; to figure out where Harlan (Steven Grayhm) is, who's with him, who's against him and what happened between Harlan and the Warden. You have all these questions that are present-day questions that merge with the past. I think that will engage not just our core audience, but will also make for more emotionally resonant shows going forward.
It's tough when you have to protect the city from the bad guy, but you want to have stories that are about characters interacting with each other. That was the rich thing about having Tommy Madsen come back. You wonder what he's doing, and everyone's invested in him. Lucy (Parminder Nagra) has a relationship with him, Hauser (Sam Neill) and Doc (Jorge Garcia) know who he is. All of that stuff leading to this moment that we have set up, which is this fateful moment of he's not a good guy, apparently. What Ray (Robert Forster) predicted might happen, happens. So, that was all fun.
There's more at the link. [TV Guide]
Executive producer Robert Singer gives this introduction for Friday's episode, "Party On, Garth", featuring the return of DJ Qualls as a not particularly competent hunter.
And here's the description for the next episode, "Of Grave Importance", which airs April 20 after a brief hiatus:
AN OLD HUNTER FRIEND RECONNECTS WITH SAM AND DEAN - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) get a call from Annie Hawkins (guest star Jamie Luner), an old hunter friend, asking for help on a case. When they arrive in town, they find out Annie has disappeared. They trace her last whereabouts to an old abandoned house that is haunted by a powerful ghost.
Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's an introduction to tonight's episode, "The Murder of One", from executive producer Julie Plec.
And here's the description for the next episode after that, "Heart of Darkness", which airs April 19:
TYLER RETURNS TO MYSTIC FALLS - Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) set off together to make sure Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is safe in Denver, and to see if his special abilities can help reveal the information they need about ancient vampire bloodlines. It doesn't take them long to learn that Jeremy has been hanging with the wrong people. Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) both go to brutal extremes in their search for the missing weapon. Caroline (Candice Accola) is thrilled when Tyler (Michael Trevino) returns to town, but Tyler soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt (Zach Roerig) has his hands full trying to keep Rebecca (Claire Holt) busy organizing the school's upcoming 1920s Decade Dance.
The Secret Circle
Here's a preview for tonight's episode, "Sacrifice", from executive producer Andrew Miller.
Here's the official description for the next episode, "Crystal", which is set to air April 19:
THE OTHER BLACKWELL CHILD IS REVEALED - To protect themselves from the witch hunters, Jake (Chris Zylka), Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) seek out Jake's grandfather Royce, (guest star John de Lancie) to find his family's crystal and are confronted with disturbing theories about the events of sixteen years ago. Meanwhile, Diana (Shelley Hennig) tries to balance her pursuit of the Glaser crystal with Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Adam (Thomas Dekker) with her romantic life with Grant (guest star Tim Phillipps), who demands to know what she's hiding. At the same time, Callum (guest star Michael Graziadei) attempts to re-insert himself into Melissa's life. Charles (Gale Harold) and Jane (guest star Ashley Crow) plot their move against Blackwell (guest star Joe Lando).
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.