Check out the motherlode of behind-the-scenes Skyfall videos. Glen Mazzara drops plenty more hints for The Walking Dead. Arrow will cram in every last non-superpowered part of the DC Comics universe. Plus Jon M. Chu talks Masters of the Universe!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Here are some photos for the Hunger Games sequel, from the film's Georgia set. The photos give some idea of how the new filming site is handling the transition from the original movie's North Carolina-based locations. Check out the link for some more info on what these sets might end up portraying. [Movies.com]
Here's a whopping 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes and B-roll footage for the latest James Bond movie. [Coming Soon]
And here's the latest video production blog, this time focusing on the music for the film. [Coming Soon]
Jack the Giant Slayer
X-Men director Bryan Singer's gritty fairy tale story Jack the Giant Killer was originally due to be released this year, and it even released a trailer before unceremoniously being pulled without even so much as a new release date. (Luckily for Singer and company, the even bigger G.I. Joe: Retaliation fiasco happened right around the same time, shifting most of the attention.) Anyway, the movie now has a March 1, 2013 release date and a small title change to Jack the Giant Slayer, so presumably all the movie's problems have now been solved. [IGN]
Masters of the Universe
Jon M. Chu, who theoretically is still directing G.I. Joe: Retaliation, discusses his next project that he plans to tackle. Specifically, it's a big-screen adaptation of the old He-Man cartoons, with a script from Expendables 2 co-writer Richard Wenk. Here are Chu's thoughts on the project:
"I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical. I read the script and I was blown away. I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, UNEXPECTED approach I was immediately intrigued. I never expected to connect on a human level to a MOTU movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone, got me excited to see what we could do with the property. MOTU is such a challenging puzzle to make into a movie that works to a contemporary audience but the script seemed to really crack it for me. I think people are really going to be surprised at the rich story we have the opportunity to tell in this world. Where you think MOTU goes left, the script goes right and it was just very clear to me this was something very special."
He also makes it clear that he's not going to feel beholden to the original source 1980s source material, because that would be insane:
I feel like there's a lot of room to crack open the Masters of the Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies RIGHT takes a lot of TONAL tightroping so we're just going to play for the next several months. Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it.
There's still plenty omre at the link. [Celebuzz]
Paranormal Activity 4
Pretending for a moment that looking at a sneak peek clip of this film could tell you anything you don't already know from the fact that its title is Paranormal Activity 4... here's a sneak peek clip for Paranormal Activity 4. [Coming Soon]
The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2
Here's the trailer for the second half of the epic direct-to-DVD animated adaptation of Frank Miller's seminal Batman story. [Newsarama]
While Neil Gaiman has previously revealed that he is working on another Doctor Who episode, it wasn't 100% clear the episode would actually be made this season, if only because Gaiman's first effort "The Doctor's Wife" was planned for season five but had to be bumped due to its insane budgetary and logistical requirements. Well, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine now confirms that his episode will indeed be the twelfth of this current season (not counting the 2012 Christmas Special as part of that tally). Moreover, Steven Moffat is writing episodes six and thirteen, Luther creator Neil Cross is doing episodes seven and nine, longtime Doctor Who and Sherlock writer and guest star Mark Gatiss is handling episodes eight and ten, and "The Curse of the Black Spot" writer Stephen Thompson is doing episode ten. That ordering would tend to suggest the standalone approach will carry over from the first half of the series, since nobody is writing consecutive episodes, although I'm guessing the episodes will interconnect in fiendishly Moffat types of ways. [Den of Geek]
And here are some of the more awesome set photos I've seen in a good long time. [Den of Geek]
The Walking Dead
Showrunner Glen Mazzara discusses how Rick's increasingly authoritarian rule with clash with that of David Morrissey's Governor:
"Rick does establish an autocracy – a Ricktatorship as we say – this season, and I think the question is how far is he willing to push this group to do what he thinks is important. I think this is very much a story about that group being pushed beyond its limits both because of Rick's drive and the circumstances. This all comes at a time where you have a great villain like the Governor wanting what they have. The Governor is a force of nature, and our guys are beaten down, so they're not really in a position to stand up to the the Governor. How they're going to do that is what you have to watch and find out."
He also discusses how the show plans to incorporate iconic comic book characters in season three:
"We feel an obligation to deliver certain material to the fans of the comic book so that if feels recognizable to them. For example, the Governor is an antagonist for Rick. He's a conflict. He will become a villain. How we tell that story and develop that character is up to us. Michonne is a bad ass. She's a warrior. She's flawed, and so there's questions about her backstory, about her relationships and how she interacts with others. That's up for us to explore. So it needs to feel like our version of what Robert's done. It needs to be true to the spirit, but I don't think the show would work if we were a straight adaptation. It wouldn't be surprising. There would be too many spoilers out there, and we wouldn't be able to go out and explore."
Finally, he drops this hint about how Michael Rooker's Merle Dixon fits into the season:
"I will say this: Merle is not a henchman in any way. He's just running with the Governor because the Governor is a great leader and is establishing something. But Merle is Merle. He certainly still is his own man."
There's still a bunch more at the link. [Comic Book Resources]
The eighth episode, which should close out the first half of the season, is reportedly called "Made to Suffer" and will air December 2. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek for tomorrow night's episode, "The Other Side." [TV Line]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a bunch of promo photos for the fifth episode, "The Doctor", which airs October 28. [TV Line]
Here's the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly, spotlighting Snow White and Prince Charming. Below is an accompanying quote from co-creator Adam Horowitz, in which he reveals that not everyone is going to have a happy ending.
We don't want to panic anyone, but the stakes have to be real. We've pushed the envelope with these characters and what we've done so far is just the beginning."
666 Park Avenue
Here's the sizzle reel of clips from upcoming episodes that premiered at New York Comic Con. [TV Equals]
Here's a promo for next Wednesday's episode, "The Lone Gunman."
While executive producer Marc Guggenheim is adamant that superpowered heroes like Superman and Green Lantern won't have a place on the show, he also says the show will try to incorporate as much of the DC Comics universe as humanly possible:
"We've got a lot of different characters and then there are characters you may not recognize unless you're a diehard comic book fan. One of the things we've done, mainly because we're fans, is we've thrown in a lot of Easter eggs for the hardcore fans. If you're a big fan of the DC Comics universe, you'll see a lot of familiar names and places: Big Belly Burger, which is a hamburger chain from the Superman comic books, makes a regular appearance on our show and we have a Big Belly Burger franchise as one of our standing sets. You'll still hear about characters from those worlds and from those cities. We're imagining a DC universe without super-powered characters, but that doesn't mean that in our parallel universe that there isn't a Metropolis or a Gotham City. There are references to places like Corto Maltese (a wartorn island) and Markovia. I would listen and watch carefully if you're a comic book fan because some of the references are really subtle and will go past a lot of people."
American Horror Story: Asylum
Season one star Dylan McDermott will be making an undisclosed return appearance on the show, according to series creator Ryan Murphy. Whether McDermott's naked ass would also be making its much anticipated return to the show is currently unknown. [TV Guide]
Here are some promo photos for episode six, "Real Estate." [SpoilerTV]
This upcoming Syfy show, which essentially is a post-apocalyptic Deadwood with aliens, has added what is likely a key guest star in the form of Stargate Universe's Brian J. Smith. He will play Gordon McClintock, and here's Syfy's description of the character:
Smith will portray Gordon McClintock, a NASA hero from the pre-Arkfall days who was presumed dead following a space station catastrophe in 2013. The astronaut is discovered to still be alive when he is revived from an induced sleep, and is overcome with shock and disbelief at the dangerous new world of Defiance.
The announcement also confirms the show is set to premiere in April 2013. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's the official description for episode five, "The Killer":
THE HUNTER'S MARK - Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) form an uneasy alliance to try and contain the danger that Connor (guest star Todd Williams) has unleashed on the town. When Connor takes Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Matt (Zach Roerig) and April (guest star Grace Phipps) hostage at the Grill, Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena (Nina Dobrev) is again caught between the two brothers. The situation quickly turns violent when Klaus sends one of his hybrids, Dean (guest star Blake Hood, "The Young and the Restless") to stand up to Connor. Caroline (Candice Accola) is surprised to find Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin) at the Lockwood mansion. Meanwhile, Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay) works with Bonnie (Kat Graham) to help her get past her fear and guilt.
Beauty and the Beast
The eighth episode will reportedly be called "Will You Love Mine?" [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas.