An Avengers toy gives us our best look yet at the movie's mysterious army. There are new clips from Battleship and the brand new Batman cartoon. Barry Sonnenfeld talks time travel in Men in Black 3, and his Dinosaurs vs. Aliens project with Grant Morrison. James Cameron still vows to make his Battle Angel movie. Plus status updates on Sin City 3, Snow PIercer and True Blood.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Looper.
Here are three new promo images, including one of our few good looks at Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill. [Coming Soon]
And here are some toy images, with the obvious highlight being this fairly detailed look at one of the aliens in Loki's army, the Chitauri — who are sort of like the counterparts of the Skrulls in the Ultimate Universe. [Coming Soon]
The Dark Knight Rises
Just a quick heads-up: there's a rumor that a new trailer will debut in May, possibly attached to Dark Shadows. You know, if the rumor of a Dark Knight Rises trailer is Warner Bros.'s last-ditch effort to get people to go see Dark Shadows after a near non-existent ad campaign... actually, that'd be pretty brilliant. Anyway, take this with a grain of salt, until we hear anything more official. [IGN]
Star Trek 2
She's Out of My League actress Alice Eve, who plays a new, possibly alien character in the Star Trek sequel, gives her take on what makes J.J. Abrams's take on the franchise special:
"[The movies] managed to transcend the shackles of the genre... I think that's what they were probably always striving for. J.J.'s found a way to make the future accessible to the present. He's able to track the story of the heart through this very heightened and stylized, [tactile] universe."
Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just as excited about his big time-travel epic as we are:
"'Looper' is, to be honest, some of the best work I've ever done as an actor. I really transformed myself. Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed 'Brick,' is-I think-one of the greatest filmmakers going. [Johnson] actually has a lot in common with Chris Nolan and Steven Spielberg. He's a brilliant, brilliant guy. I cannot wait for people to see that movie."
He also suggests there's a lot more to the movie than all the admittedly awesome stuff we saw in the recently released trailer:
. "From that little trailer, you can hardly get it. They wanted to make a big, banging action movie trailer, which is accurate because it is a big, banging action movie. But when you actually see the movie and you really get a sense of what those prosthetics look like, I'm really excited for people to see this character because it's just nothing like me. That's my favorite thing as an actor, to create a character that's other than myself."
Here's a new clip. It starts about fifteen seconds in.
There are some fairly nondescript, newly released set photos of The Host director Bong Joon-ho's movie set aboard a train in the middle of a post-apocalyptic ice age. If nothing else, they do at least confirm stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer have begun filming. [WENN.com]
Here's the poster for Neil Jordan's big return to vampires since directing Interview with the Vampire two decades ago. The movie stars Quantum of Solace's Gemma Arterton and Hanna's Saoirse Ronan. You can find the full description of the movie below. [Coming Soon]
Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up' brothel.
Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive – and so must her mother. In the small, quiet town, people start to die. And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them – with astonishing consequences.
Here's a promo image for Pixar's epic Scottish fantasy. [MTV Movies Blog]
Men In Black 3
Director Barry Sonnenfeld discusses his cameo in the movie and how it ties into the movie's use of time travel back to 1969:
This will sound ironic, but I play a man who's jumped off a building during the stock market crash of 1929... So you will see me committing suicide jumping off the building in 1929. Will Smith has to go back in time to 1969 to save his partner, Agent K, played in the present by Tommy Lee Jones and in 1969 by Josh Brolin, and the way Will jumps back in time is, he has this time device and he has to jump off the Chrysler Building to get to a certain velocity. Then while going back in time he passes me in 1929.
Now the key thing is, do you have a wink at Back to the Future by saying he has to hit 88 miles an hour?
No, we have no wink at Back to the Future except to say that we probably watched Back to the Future, oh, 15-20 times. Because it is, I think, and we've all felt . . . Will Smith and I felt, was the single best rules of time travel movie, that they really set up the rules, they set up the joy of the rules, and they pay them off. That was like our gold standard of what we had to achieve so that people didn't call foul.
He also reveals some of the big names that will be revealed as aliens in the third Men in Black movie:
In this one there are a few people that you'll see up on the surveillance board including Lady Gaga, Tim Burton, who probably knows more about aliens then I do, and let's see who else . . . Justin Bieber.
There's some more at the link. [Collider]
Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens
Barry Sonnenfeld also discusses this project that he's working on with comics legend Grant Morrison:
I came up with the idea of Dominion: Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens, I thought it would be really cool movie and isn't like anything I've done before because it obviously isn't a comedy, but I do believe that everything we believe is what Tommy Lee Jones says to Will Smith on that park bench in the first movie, "You know what? 1,000 years ago, the world knew the Earth was flat; 500 years ago, they knew that the Earth was the center of the universe; imagine what you'll [know] tomorrow." So my feeling is everything we believe may be true or may not be true, so I wanted to tell the "real story" of how the dinosaurs got extinct 65 million years ago, and it's dinosaurs vs. aliens, and that would be a photorealistic CG movie in 3D...The most interesting thing on my plate right now probably is seeing if we can set up Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens...Right now we are finishing the pre-viz and the graphic novel which is written by Grant Morrison, who is really talented, and the script will all be finished in the next few weeks, and then we'll pitch it to various studios and we'll see who's interested.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Here's a bunch of new promo photos. [The Playlist]
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez have both reportedly been signed to return for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City sequel, while fellow costar Michael Madsen has pretty much confirmed he will be back. [/Film]
James Cameron says he hasn't given up on making his adaptation of the manga series about an amnesia cyborg bounty hunter named Alita (which are really the best kind of amnesia, cyborg, bounty hunter, and person named Alita, respectively.) At one point, it was a "coin toss" as to whether he'd make Alita or the Avatar sequels first — but now he's decided Alita has to wait until he makes Avatar 2 and 3. Because the Avatar movies are just too damn important on humanitarian grounds:
"I see the good the 'Avatar' franchise can do in terms of keeping a world audience cognizant of our relationship with nature, but doing it in an entertainment context. Ultimately I think there's more good to be done there than with 'Battle Angel.' 'Battle Angel' is just a great, kick ass story. [At the same time, Battle Angel] would have to be pried out of my cold dead fingers. But on the other hand, I don't want to take it to my grave either. [We want to see it] at some point, yeah."
Here's another promo video revealing the opening credits for this week's big experimental episode, "Letters of Transit." There are more details at the link. [TV Guide]
There's an interesting article considering just how star Anna Paquin's pregnancy might affect the show. Basically, the timing is such that the show will be wrapping up production on season five when she's still only four to six months pregnant, which should be fairly easy to shoot around (although this probably means fewer sex scenes, obviously). So, most likely, this won't mean Sookie also ends up pregnant as well, particularly since showrunner Alan Ball has scoffed at the idea of any Twilight-style hybrid pregnancies. [BuddyTV]
Here are some promo photos for next Thursday's episode nine, "Game Day." [SpoilerTV]
Here's an introduction from executive producer Robert Singer for tonight's episode, "Of Grave Importance."
Here's the description for episode twenty-two, "There Will Be Blood", which is the season's penultimate entry and is set to air May 11. It also features all three of the show's most beloved recurring characters, as you'll soon see:
SAM AND DEAN SEEK OUT AN ALPHA - In order to defeat Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart) and the Leviathans, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must locate three key items. Castiel (Misha Collins) helps with one but for the last objects, the Winchesters must face two of their strongest opponents – an Alpha (guest star Rick Worthy) and Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard). Meanwhile, Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) tries out a new ghost trick that ends up being very dangerous.
Star Colin Ferguson promises the ending of next week's episode is shocking (and having seen it, I can say that yes, yes it is), and that this final season in general is great:
"When you're not coming back [for another season] you can hit things a little harder. It's an amazing episode. We're going out on best season that we've done. Like hands down. It's not even debatable."
Ferguson also suggests a possible theme of the series finale: "As many times as [Carter has] saved [the town of] Eureka, the truth of the series is Eureka ends up saving him." [EW]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's another promo and an introduction from executive producer Julie Plec for tonight's episode nineteen, "Heart of Darkness."
Here's the official description for the season finale, "The Departed":
THE SECRET HERO - Determined to protect his sister, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) makes a decision that will change everything. In the harsh reality of the present situation, Elena (Nina Dobrev) longs for simpler times when her parents, Grayson (guest star Jason MacDonald) and Miranda (guest star Erin Beute), and Aunt Jenna (guest star Sara Canning) were still alive and her biggest concern was her relationship with Matt (Zach Roerig). Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) leave Mystic Falls together on a mission, but soon split up when Elena needs one of them. Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) are forced to make a life-changing decision. Finally, Bonnie (Kat Graham) makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.
The Secret Circle
Here's an introduction to tonight's episode "Crystal" from showrunner Andrew Miller.
Beware the Batman
Here's a promo reel and description for the next Batman cartoon:
A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman's core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City's criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a "Batman show." Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA's Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond's Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated's Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!
Here are some cast photos for the upcoming Canadian sci-fi series in which Star Trek and Conant the Barbarian actress Rachel Nichols plays a law officer who travels from 2077 to 2012 to track down a terrorist. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.