Catching Fire casts a former champion, and starts looking for extras. Director Rich Moore explains how real video game characters made their way into Wreck-It Ralph. New Alphas cast member Erin Way explains her super abilities. Plus more Paranorman clips!
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Top image from Doctor Who.
Here are some set photos — check out the link below for a bunch more. And now for some reported highlights from the recent filming in Picton, Australia:
Part of a street was completely transformed into Canadian style with snow, police cars and a hardware store named Faro, where most of the action takes place. Hugh Jackman was walking around sporting a long hair and beard. Some scenes we saw included a truck and the hardware store during daylight. After a break, the crew prepared some night shots for action happening in a tiny alley nearby where we can hear Hugh screaming as huge spotlight was cast from a crane illuminating the alley and fake rain falls in the shot. In addition, an insider revealed that one of the scenes Hugh Jackman did, despite the low temperature, was a dramatic shot in cold rain at a small alley (That explains Wolverine's iconic scream which we heard) which may be the beginning of the film, before Wolverine travels to Japan to learn the Samurai's way.
Just when it seemed like the cast for Jose Padilha's Robocop movie couldn't get any more ludicrously overqualified — it already includes the likes of Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, and Jackie Earle Haley — they go and do something like this. Michael K. Williams, otherwise known as Omar on The Wire, also otherwise known as Professor Marshall Kane on the last season of Community, is reportedly in talks to play Alex Murphy's partner on the force, who reteams with him after his transformation into Robocop. Basically, if there's any relationship between quality of cast and quality of movie — and I'm not totally sure there is, but I'm feeling optimistic this morning — then this should be one hell of a worthy followup to the original. [Heat Vision]
Meta Golding, whose previous credits include guest roles on Criminal Minds and Day Break, has reportedly been cast as District 2's returning champion Enobaria. [/Film]
With production due to start soon in Atlanta, casting notices for extras have begun to surface under the film's production name, The Idiom. Here are the edited highlights of what the filmmakers are reportedly looking for:
African American Children 12 and younger Light-medium skin tone very thin. Need to have the ability to cry. Want to see distress in their eyes.
- African American female darker skinned very thin age 60-80. Needs to have a hunched back or the ability to lose like that for an extended amount of time. Also need to have the ability to cry. See the pain in their eyes.
- African American female darker skinned tall and muscular age 16-15. Again the ability to cry.
- The extremely skinny any ethnicity and gender. We need to sell starvation and poverty.
- Caucasian women with weathered faces. These are hard-working women that have been through alot. We need the character faces to bring the scene to life.
- Caucasian men and women that are skinny that have irregular teeth. You need to a a thin stature as well. Please send a picture of your smile for us. No make-up. This goes with the starvation and poverty.
- Caucasian Men and women with very thin frames with acting experience
- Children 1-17 very thin frames for the older ones more so. This goes hand and hand with starvation and poverty.
- Seeking Caucasian men and women that have some grip/lighting/rigging experience
- Seeking those with some Hair and Make-up experience.
Those last two are presumably for the fictional production crews in the movie and not the movie's actual grips and make-up people, in case that wasn't totally clear. [On Location Vacations]
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the upcoming tie-in book Bond on Set: Filming Skyfall by Greg Williams. [MI6 HQ]
Here's the complete set of preview clips (some of which we posted on Monday) from the upcoming stop-motion movie about a boy who hangs out with ghosts.
Director Rich Moore, whose previous experience includes directing a ton of classic episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, explains how he incorporated real video game characters into this upcoming Disney movie:
When we started, it seemed like if we were going to make a movie about video games that I really, really wanted it to be authentic," he said. "It had to have real characters from real games in it. That was very, very important to me as the filmmaker. So we just kind just of went for it. We didn't begin from a legal standpoint as we were writing the story. It was more like, 'Well, this seems like a great place for Pac-Man to make an appearance. Let's put him in.' Early on, we put up a board in the building and told people, 'Tell us your favorite video games you played with and who your favorite characters are.' So that gave us a big bed of characters to look at for building the movie and putting them into it."
He also explains how the creative team got various video game makers to sign off on the use of their characters:
"From the very beginning we said, 'We want to be authentic to your character. What we would like to do is put in an approval process where you look at our animation and you say that we're being true to the character.' We did have kind of a check-in process, where we would show them the footage and say, 'What do you think? Is it good?' At one point, [Nintendo] said, 'Bowser's much bigger than that. He's way bigger than Zangief.' We were like, 'Okay, we'll make him bigger. How's that?' They'd say, 'Yes, that's good — but he wouldn't drink his coffee like that. He wouldn't make that mouth.' [Laughs] Of course, then people from Sega said, 'Well, Doctor Robotnik is bigger.' [Laughs] They wanted their characters bigger and bigger. We were going to end up with these giants in a room, with Ralph as this little guy... But I think that stuff really helped. I looked back on our original animation before the Nintendo notes, and it was like, 'You know, he does look more like Bowser now.'"
There's more at the link, including Moore explaining how they spent time developing the emotional, character-based side of the movie independent of the video game component. [IGN]
The X-Files 3
Writer and producer Frank Spotnitz is convinced a third movie should happen, despite the fact that nobody seemed terribly interested in the first two:
I absolutely do! I think everybody should write to 20th Century Fox. I've been saying for years now that I feel it's a cultural crime that they have not finished the series. The second movie did not perform the way anybody wanted it to at the box office. I'm proud of that movie, but it makes sense to me that it didn't. It was released at the height of summer, and it was a story-of-the-week. That's not what the movie-going audience wanted. The movie-going audience wanted the aliens. That's what they know The X-Files for. And that story is not done, and it should be finished. I don't think it's too late, but I think it's gonna be, pretty soon. I'm still agitating with everyone I can grab to say, "Let's make this movie while we still can!"
Jack Lothian, whose previous writing credits include a couple episodes of the underrated Ashes to Ashes and the fourth episode of the ill-fated Outcasts, is writing an episode for season seven, according to his online CV. The episodes that don't have attached writers yet are episodes six and seven (not counting the Christmas special in that tally) and episodes twelve and thirteen. Of course, you'd expect Steven Moffat to write the final episode, and he's also rumored to be writing the first episode after the Christmas Special, so that leaves seven and twelve as the most likely contenders. Still, it's best to take these CV credits with a grain of salt, as a lot can happen between the commissioning of a script and its actual production — Torchwood writer John Fay had Doctor Who down on his CV some months back, but that credit has since disappeared and it's likely that Fay isn't writing an episode this season. That said, the fact that relatively little time is left in the show's production schedule probably improves the odds that Lothian is indeed involved. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here are descriptions for the final two episodes of the season:
Episode #59: "Sunset"
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Slipping further into religious fervor, Bill (Stephen Moyer) gives Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) an order she's loath to carry out. Armed with a damning video of Russell (Denis O'Hare) and Steve (Michael McMillian), the military delivers an ultimatum to the Authority. Claude (Giles Matthey) and Maurella (Kristina Anapau) take Sookie (Anna Paquin) to meet the faerie elder, who may know something about an ancient family secret. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) reconnects with his father; Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar) hitch a ride into the Authority.
Episode #60: "Save Yourself" (season finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) embarks on a final, desperate mission to overthrow the Authority – and save Bill from losing his humanity. Andy (Chris Bauer) faces the consequences of a light pact he made; Alcide readies for a second showdown with J.D. (Louis Herthum); Sam and Luna test their limits in trying to escape the Authority.
Here's a first look video at the show's second season, which kicks off on August 13.
And here's a sneak peek at the season premiere, "Bad Teeth."
666 Park Avenue
Here's an extended promo for ABC's new supernatural series, starring Lost's Terry O'Quinn.
ER actor Erik Palladino, who guest starred as the apartment building's doorman Tony DeMeo in the show's pilot, has reportedly been promoted to a regular on the show. [Deadline]
Here are some promo photos for the tenth episode and second season finale, "A More Perfect Union." [SpoilerTV]
New regular cast member Erin Way explains how her character Kat will fit in with the rest of Dr. Rosen's team:
"Her special ability is that she can basically learn any skill instantly. That includes knowledge and muscle memory. The only downside is that she has a bit of a memory problem. So after about a month or so, she's losing memories of the past. So while she retains the [abilities], she can't remember how she learned them... or where she came from. Because of the downside of her ability, the way she's chosen to survive with it is to live in the moment, not get too heavy about stuff. She's not burdened by anything in the past. So essentially she just comes in and really kind of mixes it up. She doesn't really care about the rules, the protocol, how you're supposed to behave, kind of makes fun of them for being so serious and because of that, she ruffles everybody's feathers a bit."
She also reveals the particular challenges Kat and Gary have in forging a working relationship:
"I think [Kat] has rubbed [Gary] the wrong way the most out of anybody. That should be expected; Gary is somebody that relies upon routine and protocol…and doesn't enjoy people breaking his routine. She is constantly touching Gary, trying to hug Gary, basically doing everything that you will tell her not to do... it's very upsetting, he doesn't like it at all. It's not a smooth road by the end, [Kat] still manage[s] to upset him on occasion. But there are a few occasions where, because of [Kat's] irreverence for his condition and who he is... she kind of trusts Gary with facts that other people would not, and he kind of grows to like her a little bit because she's willing to let him do things that other people won't let him do because she doesn't care about the rules. I see a good future for Kat and Gary. I think we're going to be fine."
For whatever reason, Syfy has decided to release promo photos for the next four episodes, rather than releasing them one week at a time as is the usual operating procedure. So then, let's take a look at each, starting with next week's episode four, "When Push Comes To Shove." [SpoilerTV]
Next up we have episode five, "Gaslight." [SpoilerTV]
Now the sixth episode, "Alphaville." [SpoilerTV]
[gallery 5932785] And finally episode seven, "Falling." [SpoilerTV]
Being Human (US)
The Final Destination actor Bobby Campo has reportedly landed the recurring role of Max, described as "a young-looking mortician running his own business who has to work extra hard to establish his credibility." [Deadline]
Beauty and the Beast
Here are some promo photos for the first episode of the CW series. They really seem to hammer home the fact that, as far as The CW is concerned, "Beast" apparently means "just as ruggedly handsome as every other male lead on our network." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.