A new Pacific Rim photo shows off the movie's monster-fighting stars. We know the identity of Ghostbusters 3's new writer. There's some footage from Eureka's upcoming series finale. Stretch Armstrong is still happening, apparently. And a Game of Thrones star heads to Haven!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises
Here's a new TV spot that somewhat unexpectedly reveals that Reno 911 star and mildly omnipresent comic actor Thomas Lennon has a bit part in the movie as Bruce Wayne's doctor. Perhaps even more shockingly, a Christopher Nolan Batman movie appears to actually have jokes in it. [Batman-News]
IGN has a great extensive set visit report, which is well worth checking out in its entirety. But here's one highlight, in which costume designer Lindy Hemming discusses the thinking behind the costume Anne Hathaway wears as Catwoman:
"It's very, very simple. And she's the kind of female version of Batman in a way. She's someone who's produced a suit which has a technology of its own which is in the fabric. She has her own functional items which she needs. She has a custom-made belt with tiny — everything to do with burglary, looking at jewelry. She has a belt which is full of those things all miniaturized for that. The tech in the fabric is our own creative tech. It's not a special fabric. We made it ourselves by screen printing the under-layer and putting a very thin, silky over layer on. We wanted to keep her very, very light, very creeping-about. Not robotic or anything like that. And we didn't want it to be rubbery or shiny like the previous Michele Pfeiffer suit. We didn't want it to have any implication of being a bondage or sex kind of suit. It was to be something functional but you wear when you're trying to creep about in the dark, not be visible."
She also explains what's up with Catwoman's ears, because seriously, what's up with the ears? To wit:
"Christopher Nolan and I were trying to work out how we were going to keep it modern and trendy and cool. ... We said, 'What is forming these ears? What's the logic to have the ears?' And the logic you will see behind the ears is that when the goggles go up, the shape of the goggles makes the ears. And we think it's really cool. We went through so many incarnations of how to make it happen. I don't know how many of you have seen jewelers, when they've got the jeweler loupe. Or when you go to the dentist — that was my inspiration — and they're looking at you, and they've got the thing that looks into your mouth. They've got magnification and everything. Both of us looking at different versions of that, and then we employed the sunglasses. ... We started making our version of night-vision goggles — or magnification goggles when she's doing her cat burgling. We made it so that when it goes up, it falls into ears."
Again, there's a ton more good stuff at the link, including more from Hemming on Tom Hardy's Bane costume. [IGN]
Also, if you're interested in listening to a 36-minute audio file of the recent domestic press conference for the movie, well... be our guest.
Here's another, more close-up look at Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam and Babel's Rinko Kikuchi in their battle armor, presumably just before they get inside a giant robot and fight some colossal monsters. [USA Today via Shock Till You Drop]
The major question hanging over Darren Aronofsky's Biblical reimagining was which of those two words — "Biblical" or "reimagining" — was actually more important. I always kind of assumed the latter (one reason why we've paid much attention to the project in the first place), and that's seemingly confirmed by this translated synopsis from the French publishers of tie-in graphic novels Aronofosky created to sell the concept to Paramount. The books have actually been essentially public knowledge since late 2011, but the lack of an English language release has kept them under the radar here in the US. Anyway, here's the description of Noah in the graphic novels, which we can assume is at least a reasonable approximation of the version of the character Russell Crowe will play in Aronofosky's movie:
His name is Noah. Far from the stereotype of the patriarch that one appends the character of the Bible, he looked like a warrior. He looks like a Mad Max out of the depths of time. In the world of Noah, pity has no place. He lives with his wife and three children in a land barren and hostile, in the grip of severe drought. A world marked by violence and barbarism, delivered to the savagery of the clans that draw their reason to survive from war and cruelty.
But Noah is like no other. This is a fighter and also a healer. He is subject to visions which announce the imminent end of the earth, swallowed by the waves of an endless deluge. Noah must notify his followers. If man is to survive, he must end the suffering inflicted on the planet and "treat the world with mercy". However, no one is listening.
The tyrant Akkad, who Noah went to visit in the city of Bal-llim, chased him and sentenced him to flee. After consulting with his grandfather Methuselah, Noah decided to rally to his cause the terrible Giants and accomplish the task entrusted to him by the Creator...
Also, here's a translation of what artist Niko Henrichon had to say about the series on his personal website:
Those familiar with Aronofsky's films are sure to notice his tendency to stage ambiguous and unexpected events pushed to their extreme limits, changing forever the fate of the protagonists. It's the same with our version of the myth of Noah. Those who believe that we are just going to recycle the myth of the Old Testament may be disappointed. I was told recently that this first volume was almost too normal for Aronofsky. Well done! To say more would just spoil the surprise.
Please do check out the link for some sample images from the graphic novels, including a look at Aronofsky's take on "fallen angels", which in this case are terrifying eleven-feet-tall giants with six arms called Watchers. Basically, this sounds like this is a fantasy story set in no clear historical — or Biblical — time period, and it has a very good chance of being every bit as batshit insane in the realm of post-apocalyptic fantasy as Aronofsky's take on mystical science fiction was in The Fountain. In other words, I can't wait. [Movies.com]
Comic Con hasn't quite kicked off yet, but here's a banner for Kimberly Peirce and Chloe Moretz's new Carrie adaptation from inside the Convention Center. [Shock Till You Drop]
And here's much the same for Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead reboot, which stars Suburgatory's Jane Levy in the main, non-Ash role. [Bleeding Cool]
We recently learned Dan Aykroyd's bizarrely pointless quest to keep a third Ghostbusters alive despite the complete indifference of Bill Murray — otherwise known as the only real reason people would actually want to see another Ghostbusters movie — has led to an entirely new writing staff being brought in to rework the apparently unsatisfactory script from Year One writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. And now the new writing staff has reportedly been revealed, and it's a staff of one: Etan Cohen, the writer of such moderate hits as Men in Black 3 and Tropic Thunder. He also has a name that's suspiciously similar to one of the Coen Brothers, which, as has been pointed out elsewhere, has been known to fool Bill Murray into signing onto dubious projects in the past. [Variety]
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Here's a TV spot for the upcoming Disney movie in which Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner can't have children, so they bury a box with their description of the perfect child, and then said child magically appears out of the ground. I'm going to assume there's a good logical reason given why this was a more straightforward approach than, you know, just adopting a kid.
After Universal came to its senses and dumped most of its proposed Hasbro products — thus robbing the world of Twilight's Taylor Lautner as Stretch Armstrong, which surely would have been the most wonderfully ludicrous thing ever — Relativity Media has taken control of the project and is putting together a worryingly non-Lautner crew to see the project through. Breck Eisner, the director of Sahara and The Crazies, is reportedly on board to direct, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and The Manchurian Candidate remake writer Dean Georgaris is reportedly working on a more serious take on the character, because heaven forbid we treat a Stretch Armstrong movie with anything less than the solemn dignity it so obviously deserves. [Heat Vision]
The Walking Dead
Here's a collector's card from Comic Con spotlighting new cast member Danai Gurira as Michonne. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for next Monday's series finale, "Just Another Day."
Iain Glen, the man with the voice so awesome that's he actually allowed to provide exposition on Game of Thrones while keeping his clothes on, will take some time out from Ser Jorah Mormont to guest star on the sixth episode of the Syfy show's third season. His character is described as "a man bent on vengeance after being trapped inside his house for 27 years." The only slight logical problem with this scenario that I can see is that he presumably spent those 27 years talking to himself, and seriously, who wouldn't want to spend nearly three decades listening to Iain Glen speak? [EW]
Here's a promo for the next episode and eighth overall of the second season, "Raving."
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.