Karl Urban reveals the keys to bringing Dredd to life. Zachary Quinto drops American Horror Story and Star Trek sequel hints. What's life like under Rick's rule, in the new season of The Walking Dead? Plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Looper!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Walking Dead.
Iron Man 3
A huge rumor has surfaced about the new, mostly golden Iron Man armor spotted at Comic Con. According to Latino Review, this suit is worn by Tony Stark towards the end of the film, as he heads into his big final battle with the Extremis-enhanced forces of Ben Kingsley's Mandarin. Stark reportedly tells Pepper Potts that this suit is the Mark XLVII — the Mark 47, for those who are rusty on their Roman numerals. When Pepper asks what happened to the forty models in between his last armor and this one, Tony reportedly smirks — OK, that part of the rumor is definitely true — and goes into battle in the Mark XLVII while remote-controlling forty additional Iron Man suits. If true, that's got to put the climax of Iron Man 3 in contention for the biggest superhero battle in movie history, potentially trumping even the big Avengers invasion sequence. Of course, this is all very much still just rumor, so best to take it with a grain of salt until we hear something more official. [Latino Review]
Here's a set photo that gives us our first look at Rila Fukushima as Yukio, the highly skilled assassin who falls in love with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine due to his own well-documented talents when it comes to the killing arts. [Comic Book Movie]
Star Trek 2
Spock actor Zachary Quinto discusses his favorite day of filming for the sequel:
"It's hard to narrow it down. That was a long shoot in a lot of great ways. There was a really intense action sequence that I got to participate in pretty primarily this time, and that was really different and exciting for me, so I look forward to watching that come together and seeing what J.J. [Abrams] does with it. But just the whole experience, I have such an affinity for J.J. and for that cast, we get along in a very unique and special way and I think we're a part of each others' journeys in a really unique way as well, so I look back on the whole thing with fondness, although I will say I'm grateful that it's over."
Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt sings director Rian Johnson's praises once again while offering some hints about the deeper questions running through their time travel thriller:
I'm a sucker for Rian Johnson's thing. He's the writer-director of Looper, and I also made Brick with him. He's a dear friend and a brilliant filmmaker — a great writer, a great mind. Looper brings all the exhilaration and chemical feelings you hope to get from an action sci-fi movie. But Rian has also come up with a concept that will tickle your intellect while he tells a sincere story about the cyclical nature of violence and how violence begets violence. I love going to a good movie more than anything, and this movie just hits it.
Here's a new behind-the-scenes featurette. You can also check out a sneak peek clip here.
Here are some more promo photos.
Star Karl Urban explains what he focused on in bringing Judge Dredd to life:
All I really did was use the script – Alex had written a very specific, wonderful, action-packed character and I just used that. I also read every single Dredd comic that I could get my hands on. The cool thing about that was that I went back and rediscovered not only the stories I fell in love with growing up, but I discovered this really amazing maturity that had developed in the work. Instead of Dredd just blindly doing his job he begins to question the whole system of this totalitarian society. To me that's really interesting.
What moments of the film are you most proud of and that you've think you've really nailed it?
What was really important to me was that this was not going to be a bombastic character based on ego. We wanted the character to be like a tightly-wound spring. To me it's far most interesting to watch a character struggling to contain his rage at the injustice than letting that rage out. That's kinda what we were going for. But I'm just really proud of the film as a whole because it could've taken a detour down so many wrong roads, and just through the sheer collaborative effort of everyone involved it's turned into an instant cult classic.
There's more at the link. [What Culture]
Now for a video interview with Urban. [Comic Book Resources]
Let's keep it with Karl Urban a little longer, as he discusses his cameo in the third Riddick film:
Well, I shot a day on Riddick, my character Vaako comes in and essentially helps transition out of the Chronicles story and into Riddick's new story. It was good fun working with Vin (Diesel) again, he's a great guy.
Here's an official synopsis for the reboot, which stars Suburgatory's Jane Levy:
"In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival."
And here's the same for Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce's new adaptation of the Stephen King story, which stars Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore as the telekinetic teenager and her abusive mother, respectively:
"A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom."
Here's a clip from Genndy Tartakovsky and Adam Sandler's animated horror comedy. I'm going to go ahead and guess this movie is a whole lot more Sandler than it is Tartakovsky. [Coming Soon]
Here's the latest Observer-focused teaser for the fifth and final season.
The Walking Dead
Showrunner Glen Mazzara explains the show's continuing evolution as it heads into season three:
The number one rule is not so much keeping the zombies scary, it's keeping the show scary. [The zombies] are always a horror but as our folks learn to live with them, the new horror becomes what people will do to survive and to protect each other in this world. And what they're willing to sacrifice to achieve their ambition. So it's very much a human drama, and I think these new characters, particularly The Governor, certainly do play into that.
What new tricks have you come up with this year to scare the be-jeezus out of us?
The show is very adrenalized in Season 3... All these horrible things are being thrown at our characters at such a relentless pace that the audience won't be able to catch their breath and figure out what's going on. So I think it's just the idea that you are immersed in this apocalypse, and there really is no escape.
In the Season 2 Finale, you established the "Ricktatorship." Now that you've plotted out Season 3, how would you characterize Rick's reign?
Rick's reign is initially successful in the fact that they do discover this prison and that proves at first that Rick was right that there's a place out there that perhaps they can be safe. The question becomes how far can he push the group? What is the breaking point? And Rick will certainly have to deal with how far can he push himself and what is his breaking point.
He also discusses one of the main new characters this season, David Morrissey's Governor:
Part of the attraction of The Walking Dead for our fans is that it feels real, and that means that The Governor has to feel real. He needs to be a person who has a real soul and has a depth and intelligence, and he's not just a cardboard arch-villain who's going to play as a foil to our characters. I think David Morrissey is doing a phenomenal job finding the humanity in that character and by having that humanity so prevalent when he commits atrocious acts, I think they'll be that much more horrifying.
There's still more at the link. [AMC]
Here are the latest promo images. [Shock Till You Drop]
Person of Interest
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at season two.
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "The Good Shepherd."
The CW has released this official description of what to expect in season eight, which begins October 3:
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent the last seven years battling the things that go bump in the night. Over the years, with the help of both fallen-angel, Castiel (Misha Collins, "24″), and the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the Winchesters have straddled the line between good and evil. Last season, the boys encountered their worst enemy yet, Leviathan, a highly adaptable, seemingly unkillable foe that takes the form of billionaire Dick Roman. Roman's plan is to turn the human race into a walking buffet for the Leviathan to feed on once the world has been taken over. Roman discovers the existence of a tablet that is the only source on how to kill the Leviathan and stops at nothing to get it. The Winchesters, along with Castiel, also discover the tablet and the young prophet, Kevin Tran (Osric Chau), who is the only one who can decipher the text. Using the tablet, the boys are able to beat the Leviathan, but after the blast, Dean and Castiel find themselves in Purgatory and Sam finds himself alone.
Season Eight begins with Dean's seemingly impossible escape from Purgatory, though Castiel is nowhere to be found. However, Dean isn't alone. He's returned with a mysterious comrade-in-arms whose reason for escape is perhaps more than Dean bargained for. Meanwhile, Sam finds himself reconciling the life he discovered while Dean was gone with Dean's sudden reappearance. As the boys struggle with their unexpected reunion, they make a shocking discovery that could lead them on a deeply personal mission to settle old scores. If only they could agree – is this a "family business" or isn't it?
American Horror Story: Asylum
Returning costar Zachary Quinto discusses what to expect this time around:
"We're in the middle of that. It's a really different story from the first season. I'm in this whole season whereas last year I was only in a few episodes, so I have a lot more of an arc to track, the character, but it's incredibly fun and I love the ensemble of actors that are working on that show. It's one of the favorite things I've done on television in terms of the nature of the work and the dynamic on set. It's a really special group of people so I'm really stoked to be among them. It's a fun world to play in. There's a lot to discover and create."
Here are some photos for the season premiere, "Welcome To Briarcliff", which kicks things off on October 17.
And here's a couple promo photos for episode two, "Tricks and Treats", which airs October 24. [Multiple Verses]
Here's a promo poster. [SpoilerTV]
Finally, here's the latest cryptic teaser.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a promo for season four.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas, Rob H. Dawson, and Charlie Jane Anders.