Damon Lindelof reveals that J.J. Abrams's still untitled Star Trek sequel feels more real than any Star Trek we've seen before. Plus he promises we'll see a new side of Captain Kirk, and Benedict Cumberbatch's villain is pretty much the greatest thing ever!
All that plus Clark Gregg discusses whether Agent Coulson might have a future as an iconic Marvel character.
The Kick-Ass cast is ready to come back for more.
The first new character for the third season of Game of Thrones has been cast.
And everything you need to prepare for the new seasons of True Blood, Falling Skies, and Teen Wolf.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Looper.
Clark Gregg says he would certainly like to return as Agent Coulson in some capacity, though he's not necessarily sure the best way to resurrect the character is as the soul of the android Vision:
"Vision is cool. But I would hate to be any AI life form. If I got to come back, I would need to still be somebody who could wisecrack, because my favorite part of the job was that if anybody was going to tease anybody about their diva superhero outfit or whatever, it would be me. I really love what Joss did with Agent Coulson in 'The Avengers.' It seems like an idea that was in the cards, not only from Joss but from Marvel, in that you needed to ground the movie in some real emotion and stakes. I loved playing that guy, and I'll miss playing him, but I was glad to have that job."
Star Trek 2
Cowriter Damon Lindelof explains how the production design is even more impressive this time around:
"It was incredible, and I think that Trek 2 — there's certainly an instinct to just go bigger in the second movie and one of the things that we did was we connected all the sets, so you can just basically follow the actors off the bridge, into a turbo lift, down, walking through a plaza, into the med bay as opposed to [having to] cut every time you do that, because when we were shooting on the Paramount stages we just didn't have the money to connect all the sets. So the first day that I actually walked on the Enterprise, you walked through the Enterprise and it's a very insular experience of like, ‘Wow I'm actually on a starcraft.'"
He also offers plenty of praise for the cast:
"And then when you see all the actors again, and Kirk in his yellow — which we only really see at the very, very end of the first movie — and start playing those interactions between he and Bones, he and Scotty, Spock and Bones, etc. And then bringing in some new blood, Alice Eve is awesome. Benedict Cumberbatch, I can already say with a certain degree of confidence that he is gonna give an iconic film performance and one of the best sci-fi performances that I've ever seen. And not even having seen the movie yet, just sitting there in video village with the headphones on. So I'm really psyched."
Here's a poster for the movie's IMAX release. [Collider]
It's not confirmed yet, but the Hunger Games sequel is rumored to be filming in the Atlanta metro area between July and December, moving from the original film's location in North Carolina. [Access Atlanta]
Here's a poster for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Brick director Rian Johnson's time travel thriller. [Coming Soon]
The suddenly omnipresent Channing Tatum confirms that he will be in the Wachowskis' next movie:
"Yes, absolutely. It's going to be a crazy action movie from the [directors] of 'The Matrix.' They're going to reinvent the wheel as far as action goes, all over again."
Original movie star Aaron Johnson is reportedly close to signing on for the sequel, and costars Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are reportedly right behind. Most intriguingly, the rumor also suggests that another original cast member would be back for a cameo: the one, the only, the Nicolas Cage. Here's hoping his return involves some combination of time travel and ghosts, because why not? Anyway, with the cast close to signed on, writer-director Jeff Wadlow's sequel is reportedly on track for a fall start date. [Deadline]
The End of the World
Here are some set photos for Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel's expansion of their 2007 short Jay & Seth vs. the Apocalypse, in which they and their celebrity friends play fictional versions of themselves trying to survive the apocalypse at James Franco's house. [/Film]
The Grey director Joe Carnahan has reportedly closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to write and direct his passion project, described as "an action movie spin on Groundhog Day" that "follows a former soldier forced to re-live the same day over and over while on the run from assassins trying to kill him for reasons unknown." It also sounds vaguely like Tom Cruise and Doug Liman's upcoming movie about a time-looping soldier, although I should stress they only sound vaguely similar. Anyway, it's rumored that The Grey costar Frank Grillo might be involved in this new project. [Twitch Film]
Director and writer team Caradog James and John Giwa-Amu have unveiled the details of their new sci-fi project, described as "a sci-fi/thriller mixed with a love story wrapped up in a 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'-like package." They also released this extensive synopsis:
Set in the near future and with the world plunged into another cold war, Britain's Ministry of Defense is on the verge of developing a robotic soldier. This soldier, called The Machine, looks and sounds human, but has the strength, speed, and ruthlessness beyond that of any living person. The project is near completion when a bug in the programming, a side effect of it being too close to human coding, causes the prototype to destroy the lab and everyone in its path in spectacularly violent fashion. Undeterred by this setback, lead scientist Vincent McCarthy obsessively continues his work on The Machine in secret, away from the prying eyes of those who seek to destroy him.
In the final stage of the project, Vincent brings on an assistant, Ava, a sweet, unassuming, yet brilliant expert in artificial intelligence. Before long, Vincent finds himself falling in love with her, until she is tragically killed by an enemy bullet meant for him. Enraged, and fueled by his desperation, Vincent completes The Machine on his own in Ava's image with incredible attention to character detail. Torn between his assignment to create a perfect soldier and the love he's trying to recapture, Vincent turns a blind eye to her deadly purpose as she attacks on command with ferocious precision. An edge of your seat thrill ride from start to finish with killer state-of-the-art effects, THE MACHINE combines the psychological intensity of ‘Alien' with the action and heart of' Blade Runner'.
Game of Thrones
The first bit of season three casting is out, as young British actress Kerry Ingram, whose previous credits include a run in the title role of Matilda the Musical, has tweeted that she is playing Shireen Baratheon, Stannis's daughter. [BuddyTV]
Here's a trio of sneak peek clip for season five. [EW]
Denis O'Hare discusses Russell Edgington's return, as well as just who brought him back:
"It's somebody who nobody knows yet. It's a surprising character. And I think you get a hint in episode two, and then a big hint in episode five...[Russell is] still vicious, he's still dangerous, he's still highly charming, but they added all this stuff to him. We get to see him fall in love!"
Meanwhile, Rutina Wesley offers further confirmation that Tara is going to be back...somehow:
"[I'm] definitely coming back, just can't tell you quite how. The interesting thing, for me, is the fans watching Tara recover. She kind of becomes a new woman. The journey she's about to embark on is out of control."
And here's a video featuring red carpet interviews with the cast about season five. [TV Line]
The Walking Dead
Location manager Mike Riley discusses the challenges of his job, in the process dropping a possible hint about a season three episode:
The problem we've run into is our writers are in Los Angeles, and they're sitting inside a building somewhere making this stuff up, and a lot of what they write may not be physically possible to do in the area of the state that we're in.
Can you think of a specific example?
There was an upcoming script where the writer wanted this river where it was dangerous to ford. Well, that doesn't exist here.
Here's a promo poster for NBC's upcoming sci-fi action series from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke about a world without energy. [SpoilerTV]
666 Park Avenue
And here's one for ABC's supernatural series about a strange apartment building owned by Lost's Terry O'Quinn. [SpoilerTV]
Showrunner Remi Aubuchon discusses what to expect from season two:
If the first season was about dealing with the trauma of an invasion and coping with their world being turned upside down, the second season is about surviving and dealing with a world at war, and discovering how you fit into it. Like Tom Mason, we must figure out how to raise our children in a way that will help them to live good and fruitful lives, even in times of stress.
What do you hope fans will walk away thinking and feeling after the second season?
We have tried hard this season to ramp up the action and tension, making the experience more intense. We hope fans will be able to identify more with the characters and see themselves in their struggle to survive. But I also believe that much of the message we're trying to convey is that we can only survive if we put down our differences and work together towards a common goal – in this case the fate of the entire human race. It would be really nice if we could do this without the intervention of an alien invasion.
There's more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Here's a Canadian trailer for the upcoming CW show starring Smallville's Kristin Kreuk. [KSiteTV]
Here's a short synopsis for the third episode, "Wasting Time":
Murder victims with holes bored in their heads show up; Kiera and Carlos try to find out why the victims are being killed.
Here are the opening credits for the second season. [EW]
And here are some promo photos for season two. [BuddyTV]
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.