The new Aunt May confirms a crucial detail about Spider-Man's latest adventure. Rumor has it Edgar Wright has already filmed Ant-Man... well, sort of. Glen Mazzara reveals whether any happy ending is possible on The Walking Dead. Plus a new Riddick photo!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from The Walking Dead.
The Amazing Spider-Man
In case you're still on the fence about starting all over again with Peter Parker, here are the three latest clips. [Coming Soon]
Aunt May actress Sally Field discusses her role in the movie, in the process confirming that, yes, Martin Sheen's Uncle Ben does indeed die at some point in the film:
Basically, all of my work in the film was always with Andrew [Garfield] and Marty in the house, I had one scene that was outside, if it's still in there I don't know. So all I knew of the movie was that! The interesting thing about doing this Spider-Man, is that it is more contemporary, it is a metaphor for how hard it is at any time but especially now, the coming of age, and the darkness that this young man carries with him, the troubled soul that he is. It certainly is different than any of the ones before, we knew our task is that family, that it was a 3D movie was odd. Some of the scenes that Andrew and I had together where Uncle Ben is no longer there, it gets very heated, very troubling what is going on. As far as we knew, we were shooting a little kitchen drama in a way!
There's plenty more at the link. [Newsarama]
The Dark Knight Rises
Here's a fairly low quality version of the latest TV spot.
Here's Bruce Wayne's response note to that lengthy Lucius Fox letter we saw recently. [Comic Book Movie]
Stellan Skarsgard confirms that his character Alexander Selvig should return for the sequel after his most recent appearance in The Avengers — at least as long as he can make the schedule work with Lars von Trier's:
"I will try to combine Thor 2, which starts in August and goes to the end of December, with the new Lars Von Trier film."
Meanwhile, Edgar Wright reportedly did indeed just finish some Ant-Man filming, but it's neither the movie itself nor the Iron Man 3 post-credits scene we mentioned yesterday. Instead, Wright reportedly shot a test reel, which reportedly "will be used to test out the potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-Man's powers look onscreen." Presumably all this is meant to get Marvel again just one step closer to giving the project the long-awaited green light. [Heat Vision]
Star Trek 2
Co-writer Alex Kurtzman explains that Captain Kirk and his crew still have some growing to do:
I can say the assumption that we did not want to make was that just because he's in the chair and they're on the bridge together that they're the crew that you remember from the original series. They're not — the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other. And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.
In particular - and this isn't exactly a surprise, given Kirk's characterization in the first movie - the person who still has the most growing up to do is the Captain himself:
I tend to look at things first and foremost as a character's journey from beginning to end, and oftentimes the journey won't be resolved at the end, it will just be the completion of whatever that moment in their journey is. Jim Kirk, for example, inherits the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek but that doesn't mean he fully understands what it means to be Captain. It just means, oh, he has the Enterprise now — so now what? He's never sent men and women to their deaths before, so what's going to happen when that kind of question comes up for him? I guess I normally look at it from a place of pure character.
Star Chris Pine expands on that point, revealing that a major driver of Kirk's further growth is the villain, played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch:
It is structured so that the antagonist brings out all of the qualities in Kirk that need to happen in order for Kirk to grow. As you know from Benedict, just watching him, vocally, he's fascinating. He's got this deep resonate voice. He's a fascinating face. He's a lovely guy and just super smart. You want to see something firing in his brain, so he's not just a blood-dripping-from-the-fangs bad guy. Benedict brings those kinds of smarts.
Proving once again that, if nothing else, he's got a refreshingly offbeat approach to creating soundtracks — as seen with Daft Punk's score in Tron Legacy — director Joseph Kosinski has reportedly enlisted French electronic music group M83 to compose for his post-apocalyptic epic starring Tom Cruise. [The Playlist]
Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page once again to post this photo from the third Riddick movie. He also revealed that he has now seen the first cut of the movie. His exact reaction: "WOW!!!" [Shock Till You Drop]
Here are some toys from Disney's movie set inside the world of video games. They give us a look at some previously unseen characters from the movie's Sugar Rush game. You can check out the link for specific character names. [Pixar Times]
Sookie won't be getting any nookie from Eric this week, because she'll be having a (possibly alcohol-induced) liaison with someone else. And meanwhile, Bill and Jessica have "the most adorable scene" together — and in fact, all of the makers have "touching scenes" with their protégés this week. [E! Online]
The Walking Dead
Showrunner Glen Mazzara ponders the show's very long-term future, and whether the finale requires some sort of big revelation or explanation behind just what is really going on:
That's something that I think about obsessively. There's a component of this show where the audience wants to know, "What happens next? What happens next?" However, this is not a show that is based on revelation. This is a show that is based on character action. And I think as long as we stay true to our characters — and the show rests on Rick's shoulders right now — as long as we're true to the spirit of those characters and true to the spirit of Robert Kirkman's original work, I think that's how we should be judged. It's not about necessarily having an answer that sums it all up with a pretty bow. This show is more about how these people survive in this apocalypse...
Robert is not interested in proposing a theory of what caused this apocalypse in his work, and that's something that I think is important for us. It's about surviving in this world. We're lucky in the sense that we're able to draw on a lot of great zombie films. And one of the things we really pride ourselves on is adding to that literature. Adding original bits with zombies that no one has ever seen. When you look at possible endings, I really am interested in finding new territory and a new type of ending, a surprising ending for this series that no one's ever done before, that no one's ever thought of.
He also categorically denies that the characters will ever get to any sort of safe haven — the farm was the last thing that was even close to that, and it would be against the show's internal rules for them to ever find somewhere truly safe. Looking closer at hand, he says the prison will be "threatening" and "malevolent," and will make survival a huge challenge. And the Governor "makes a surprising appearance," and we won't have to wait too long to see him.
There's still more at the link. [The Wrap]
The CW is generally holding back its season premieres this year, with all of its shows starting up instead of October instead of the more customary September. Supernatural, for instance, will premiere Wednesday, October 3. [E! Online]
The CW's new Green Arrow show will kick off a week later on Wednesday, October 10. [E! Online]
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries will start its new season on Thursday, October 11, the same night as their new Beauty and the Beast show starring Smallville's Kristin Kreuk. [E! Online]
The upcoming fourth season will introduce two new characters. The first is 16-year-old April, described as "a sweet and pretty private school girl, but her father's passing has led her back to Mystic Falls" and who isn't as naive or as dumb as she might at first seem. There's also a 30-something, in-your-face Navy SEAL type named Connor who is "a highly trained killing machine." [E! Online]
Here are some promo photos for episode six, "Time's Up." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.