See Chris Hemsworth in the latest Thor: The Dark World photos. Joss Whedon basically reveals who is directing Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus Robocop, the Avatar sequels, Fringe, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, and more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Fringe.
Thor: The Dark World
After a bunch of pre-production set photos introduced us to the Asgardian side of England's Bourne Wood, it's time to get serious with our first batch of set photos to feature Chris Hemsworth back in action as Thor, as well as Jaime Alexander as Sif. Since so few other main cast members are present — main villain Christopher Eccleston is nowhere to be seen, for instance — I'd guess this is a relatively minor battle sequence, perhaps from the beginning of the movie. Still, that's just speculation. Either way, this thing is most definitely happening. [The Daily Mail, Just Jared, and Coming Soon via /Film, Comic Book Movie, and Buzzfeed]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
According to star Chris Evans, filming is set to begin on March 2013, which given the April 2014 release date perfectly matches the 13-month turnaround time for the first film. [Collider]
One reason why Chris Evans's announcement for the Captain America sequel is intriguing is the fact that it seems to leave a three-month gap in Marvel's production schedule. Iron Man 3 started filming around May and is now wrapping up, Thor: The Dark World has just kicked off and should run to the end of the year, and then Captain America begins in March — that seems to leave a three-month or so gap in the production calendar. That particular gap also fits in neatly with Edgar Wright's reported comments that he could end up shooting Ant-Man at the end of this year, with him beginning work around December and then running through to February or March. That's just speculation, admittedly, and Marvel Studios is really going to have to kick things into high gear to get casting and all the other parts of pre-production done in time, but still — it's a possibility. [Screen Rant]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel still hasn't confirmed that Slither and Super director James Gunn is going to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy, but Joss Whedon — who is essentially the creative head honcho of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future — went ahead and essentially confirmed it. Here's what he had to say about Gunn's approach to the movie:
You know, James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, "I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I'm not sure how that plays." And then they said, "Well, we're thinking about using James Gunn" — I'm like, "Oh no, you're fine!" Because he is so off the wall and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman, builds from hearts, loves the Raccoon, needs the Raccoon. This is a guy who wrote The Specials, which is one of the most important movies, people don't understand how influential that movie was about heroes. Taking heroes and making them very mundane. And Super... He's got a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love of the material, so you know he's going to make the Raccoon, you know it's going to be hard for the humans to keep up.
He also gave a quick update on where Gunn is up to with the script:
James has barely started on it so I want him to take it and make it very much his. Because I know he's going to come from left-field and I'm going to be like, "What!?", and then I'll be like, "Oh, of course. Why didn't I think of that?"
The Avengers 2
Joss Whedon hints at how the Avengers will evolve as unit in the sequel:
"The creation of the team is not the happy ending. It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I'm digging, just twist that knife. And that's exciting for me."
Star Trek Into Darkness
For those like myself still a little unsure of the puncuation-free title of the Star Trek sequel, here's Scottie actor Simon Pegg tweeting a free grammar lesson:
How do you get past the curse of the ":"? You get rid of it altogether. Trek ain't a noun, it's a verb. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS MAY 2013
Avatar 2 and 3
James Cameron discusses how he is creating the ocean ecosystem of Pandora for the two upcoming sequels, and why his jaunt to the Mariana Trench isn't as relevant to that process as you might think:
"We're doing 'Avatar' films now, so we're making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That's gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I've done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth's oceans. The fact that we're basically overfishing, climate change... a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won't exist in 50 years at the rate we're going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me. There isn't a direct map between the deep ocean exploration that I've done and the ocean stuff that we're doing in the 'Avatar' films... It's all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won't take place completely in or under the water. That's just part of the environment of Pandora that we're going to see."
There's a bit more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Douglas Urbanski, who more usually works as the talent manager for Robocop costar Gary Oldman and other actors, will reportedly take a role in front of the camera and play the Mayor of Detroit. His previous on-camera experience includes playing Harvard president Larry Summers in The Social Network. [Heat Vision]
Here's the latest round of promo photos for Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond. [IGN]
Here's a sneak peek clip for Tim Burton's stop-motion remake of his 1982 short. [Coming Soon]
Showrunner Joel Wyman confirms there won't be any episode 19-style craziness this year, due in large part to the fact that there isn't an episode 19 this year:
"With only 13 episodes left, we don't have the time to go off the beaten path. There's just too little real estate to tell the rest of the story."
The Walking Dead
Rohn Schmidt, the show's director of photography, explains why the prison is his favorite of the new locations, and how it's different from Woodbury:
I guess you could say the prison. As a cinematographer and just by nature, it means you've got very strong graphics there. Last year, we had Randall tied up in the shed, and it was just this very sharp, angular, graphic, black-and-white lighting, and I kind of saw what the prison was going to look like, so I was looking forward to it.
Do you have any visual tricks for distinguishing the two locations?
Yes. I tried to create a contrast between the town of Woodbury, which is kind of like a fantasy world with a dark undercurrent to it. It's kind of a little bit too pretty, so we've been using lower film stock to have less grain and look less gritty and raw. Then when we're doing the final color for it, we're adding a little bit more flesh to the skin-tones of the actors... And then that contrasts with the prison world, which is very monochromatic, and it's still just a little dark and scary there. And the actor's faces are a little less colorful.
Once Upon a Time
Executive producer Edward Kitsis teases what's ahead for the Storybrooke counterparts of Rumplestiltskin and Belle in season two now that the spell has been broken:
Rumple has always been a character who has had to choose between love and power, and he has always chosen power. So now that Belle, this wild card, has come into his life, how will it affect his meticulous plan? And which path will he now choose because of it?"
Here's a short synopsis for episode six, "Over My Dead Body":
Angelina (Jaime Ray Newman) comes to town with bad news; Nick asks Hank for help keeping Monroe safe; Captain Renard receives a visit from a past acquaintance (Alice Evans).
Person of Interest
Here's a cast photo for the upcoming second season. [TV Equals]
Here's a teaser for the second season premiere, courtesy of TV Line:
The Season 2 premiere - which already guest-stars Ken Leung aka "Miles" - features an additional Lost-like overtone as it answers the question of exactly how Reese will retrieve the numbers in Finch's absence. And speaking of Michael Emerson's character, who has been abducted by a deliciously ruthless Amy Acker: In the course of following Finch's scent, Reese recruits a new team member. The problem: He only takes orders in Dutch!
The third episode of NBC's post-energy drama is reportedly called "St. Anne, Illinois", and here's a brief description:
Nora takes Charlie and Miles back to the rebel camp; Maggie and Aaron look for Grace; Danny takes a stand.
And here's a promo photo of the cast. [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Asylum
Here's the latest cryptic teaser video, "Exam."
Here's a promo for episode eight, "Falling", which airs next week.
Here's a promo for next Monday's eighth episode, "Second Chance."
The Vampire Diaries
Here's The CW's official description for season four:
Season Four begins with the knowledge that everything is in transition. Elena faces her worst nightmare when she awakens after the accident and finds she must now endure the terrifying transition to become a vampire – or face certain death. Stefan and Damon are torn even further apart over how to help Elena adjust to a life she never wanted, and everyone has to cope with the chaos Alaric created when he outed the vampires and their supporters to the Mystic Falls Council and local church leaders. Despite everything that has happened to them, as Elena and her friends enter into the final stretch of high school before graduation sends them off on different paths, they feel the bond to their home town of Mystic Falls take on a deeper meaning when a new mysterious villain is introduced who seems intent on destroying it.
Jeremy's big arc for season four will reportedly kick off, albeit relatively subtly, in the second episode. That same episode will also reportedly feature an insane amount of "bloody puke", so be on the lookout for that. [TV Line]
It has now been revealed, apparently officially, that Boyd's full name is Vernon Milton Boyd IV. Do with that information as you will. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.