A new name has emerged as the favorite to play Captain America's leading lady, while two genre favorites are in line for supporting roles. Neil Blomkamp's Elysium gets a better release date, but why is that bad news for Robocop?
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Walking Dead.
Iron Man 3
Brian Tyler, who has previously done the music for The Expendables movies, Battle: LA, and the last couple of The Fast and the Furious movies, has announced that he will be composing the score for the third Iron Man movie. [Coming Soon]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The latest casting rumor is that the female lead is indeeed Peggy Carter's 21st century relation Sharon Carter, but the person in the lead for the role isn't any of the five names previously rumored. Instead, the main contender for the role is reportedly Scott Pilgrim and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The other five contenders — Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Emilia Clarke, Jessica Brown-Findley, and Alison Brie — were reportedly due to screen test, all with British accents (Brie is the only American of the bunch, and she's done a passable British accent in previous stuff like The Five Year Engagement). Anyway, if Winstead does take the role, Marvel Studios would reportedly forego screen-testing the other actresses. It's not clear if Winstead would be required to do a British accent for the role, or if they would just make Sharon Carter American — again, assuming that any of this is true.
In further casting news, Marvel is reportedly looking to cast two "physical" male roles, one American and one foreign. The two names linked to these parts so far are Lost's Josh Holloway and Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with the former presumably up for the American and the latter up for the foreigner. Another name linked to this part of the casting process is Real Steel's Kevin Durand. [Latino Review]
Although the Red Skull didn't definitely die in the last Captain America movie — and hell, he's come back from way worse than that in the comics — actor Hugo Weaving says he doubts the character will return, his standard multi-picture deal notwithstanding. Here's his refreshingly honest assessment of where things stand:
I did that for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn't think I'd be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don't think Red Skull will be there. And it's not something I would want to do again. I'm glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn't want to force someone to do it, if they didn't want to. I think I've done my dash with that sort of film.
And if you think that's a bit on the brutally honest side, check out the rest of the interview, in which he says he hasn't yet been asked back for Transformers 4 and explains why he really doesn't care either way. [Collider]
Here's a set photo from Atlanta of star Jennifer Lawrence in one of the more glamorous dresses we're ever likely to see Katniss wearing. This is likely from the character's victory tour. [E! Online]
District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's hard science fiction epic, in which Matt Damon plays a cyborg freedom fighter and Jodie Foster plays an evil administrator — or something like that, the point is it's going to be awesome — has been moved from its original March 2013 release date to August 9, 2013. That just so happens to be the same week in which District 9 opened back in 2009, and it went on to be the sleeper hit of the summer and score a Best Picture nomination. So, probably a good place to put it. [/Film]
The Elysium move does, however, mean Robocop is also getting pushed back, as it was originally slated for that August 9 date. The movie has now been pushed back to February 7, 2014, which isn't generally thought of as a time to launch major blockbusters. Which, considering all the reports that the movie is kind of a total shambles, is not exactly encouraging. [/Film]
The World's End
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost's epic, apocalyptic conclusion to the loose trilogy started by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz has this new poster and an official release date: October 25, 2013. [Coming Soon]
Here's a set photo of the completely real, mostly non-CGI ark used in Darren Aronofsky's big-budget biblical reimagining. [Vulture]
Masters of the Universe
Richard Wenk, whose last job involved translating Sylvester Stallone's mumblings into a semi-coherent script for The Expendables 2, has reportedly been hired to rewrite the script for this big-screen adaptation of the early 1980s cartoon. [Variety]
According to showrunner Joel Wyman, the sixth episode is called "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There." [@JWFringe]
The Walking Dead
Here are a few promo photos for the second episode, "Sick." [SpoilerTV]
Showrunner Glen Mazarra explains how the show will handle the prison:
The prison is a character. It's a haunted house. There are malevolent spirits in that prison. Not all the prison is secure. Not all the prison is safe and that will be very interesting for our characters who will have to constantly keep the walkers at bay from within and without. The tension is very high. The feeling is that of a group of survivors are under siege.
He also explains how he will approach the show's larger mystery, or lack thereof:
I know there are shows in which people feel they're not satisfied and they don't give their answers. We're not interested in confusing our audience. For example. Sophia steps out of the barn, and you have that answer. What's important about that story is that Rick, the guy everyone thinks is the weak leader, is the only guy who can step forward to put her down. And the scene continues, where our characters take action. That's what's important about the show. It's not about the revelation. It's not about revealing the origins about the zombie cure. I think it's great, but there is no cure, and if there is no cure, and we don't know if there is a cure, or where it comes from, how do people live with that knowledge? That's interesting. We can write that or mine that for a long time.
There's more at the link. [Assignment X]
And here's a sneak peek.
Person of Interest
Here's a promo for this Thursday's episode, "Masquerade."
And here's a promo for next week's episode and the fourth of the season, "Triggerman":
REESE AND FINCH MUST DECIDE WHETHER A KILLER'S LIFE IS WORTH SAVING – When The Machine gives them the number of a mob enforcer whose life becomes endangered, Reese and Finch must decide whether to intervene or allow karma to balance the scales of justice. Meanwhile, Finch seeks aid from an unlikely source.
Here's a few promo photos for this Friday's episode, "The Other Side." [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Star Jennifer Morrison confirms that Snow White has a previous relationship of some kind with Sir Lancelot, who appears in this Sunday's episode:
"Yeah, she definitely has a ‘friendship' with him. It seems like maybe either he fought battles with Prince Charming or was in some other way was of a part of their kingdom and community, so they definitely have a friendship."
Here's a description for the sixth episode, "Tallahassee", which airs November 4 and guest stars Lost's Jorge Garcia as a deadly giant:
EMMA TREKS UP A BEANSTALK WITH A NOT-TOO-TRUSTWORTHY CAPTAIN HOOK TO STEAL A COMPASS FROM A MURDEROUS GIANT, AND EMMA'S PAST IS REVEALED – With the hopes of finding a magical compass that could help her and Mary Margaret get back to Storybrooke, Emma takes a journey with a not-too-trustworthy Captain Hook up a treacherous beanstalk in an attempt to steal the item from a murderous giant (Jorge Garcia, "Lost"). Meanwhile, Emma's past is revealed to be anything but magical when she meets up with a fellow thief who wants to make an honest woman out of her.
And here's a photo of Jorge Garcia as the Giant, along with some thoughts from the man himself on his character's personality and costume:
"It's something else. He's a dangerous, angry guy...[The costume is] the coolest, most extravagant costume I've ever worn. There's definitely an Eastern influence to it, with a corset-style belt and a lot of bangle things that jingled when I walked."
Here are some promo photos for tomorrow's episode, "Heartache."
And here are some for the October 24 episode, "Bitten."
Now for the October 31 episode, "Blood Brother."
Erin Way discusses what's ahead for her character Kat:
I think the writers are going to have a lot of fun with slowly revealing more and more about Kat's past. Who knows if her past connections are good or bad. I think that is one of Kat's greatest fears - that she might be forgetting that she has done some really bad things in the past, or been affiliated with bad people and just can't remember.
Wizards Vs. Aliens
Here are descriptions for the first two episodes of former Doctor Who executive producer Russell T. Davies's new CBBC show:
In episode one, Dawn Of The Nekross (part one) Tom Clarke is hiding a secret – he's a schoolboy wizard! But when the magic-eating alien Nekross arrive on Earth, a battle for survival begins. Tom must use his magical powers to protect his family – but only the school geek, Benny, can help him against the plans of the terrifying Nekross King.
In part two of Dawn Of The Nekross, with his Gran trapped in outer space, Tom and Benny must dare to go inside the mystical Chamber to ask the mysterious Randal Moon for help. But with time running out for Ursula, and Tom's dad joining the fight, can even a magical hobgoblin fight an enemy from beyond the Earth?
Here are some photos from Wednesday night's episode, "Honor Thy Father."
And here are some for next week's episode, "Lone Gunmen."
And finally some promo photos for the October 31 episode, "An Innocent Man."
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.