Mila Kunis discusses her starring roles in Oz the Great and Powerful and Jupiter Ascending. Another star joins Wally Pfister's enigmatic Transcendence. Daniel Radcliffe's Frankenstein movie will be unlike any previous Frankenstein film. Plus Walking Dead, True Blood, and more!
It's all spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reveals the vast, vast majority of James Gunn's cosmic superhero movies will indeed take place in space:
The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space...
Will Guardians Of The Galaxy prove as integral to Avengers 2 as each Avenger's solo film?
I would say that it does not. It's much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we've been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what's happening out there at this time.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Kevin Feige also talks some more about how the Captain America sequel departs from its predecessor:
Captain America will showcase… What's exciting to me about Cap –- sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it -– is it's tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black's described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a '70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film -– we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a '40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.' I love that we're doing a sequel to a film that's a completely different genre than the first film. I think that's fun. And the comics do it all the time."
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Bryan Singer has now confirmed yesterday's casting news:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director Marc Webb tweeted this latest photo from the set.
Day 20. Something happened to Matt Tolmach's cab. twitter.com/MarcW/status/3…— Marc Webb (@MarcW) March 4, 2013
You can also check out some additional behind-the-scenes photos from the filming in Chinatown right here.
Mila Kunis discusses her role in the Wachowskis' upcoming film, which also includes Channing Tatum as an intergalactic bounty hunter, former Game of Thrones head actor Sean Bean as a Han Solo type, and a plot involving the queen of the universe and humans being at the bottom of the cosmic evolutionary ladder — pretty restrained stuff by Wachowski standards. Anyway, here's what Kunis had to say about the upcoming production:
The movie that I'm doing, that's following up [Oz the Great and Powerful], requires a lot more wire training than this one did, but at least this one prepped me for that. I love it! I will do and have done all my own stunts, as much as allotted.
What is that next film?
The Wachowski movie (Jupiter Ascending). That one requires a lot of wires. Everything seems to be wired. But, I haven't started that yet. I start next week.
New franchise star Mark Wahlberg offers some small details about Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie, though I have the funniest feeling he's not being totally serious towards the end there:
"Michael [Bay] and I had an amazing experience working together on Pain & Gain. That movie is insane. It's like Boogie Nights meets Pulp Fiction meets Fargo. Michael made that movie for $25m and then he asked me if I wanted to work with him again, told me his idea and I said, ‘I'm in'. It's very different from the other three. I play a man. Who has a child... It will [be smaller]. It will just be a couple of people in a room talking."
There's still no official plot details for Transcendence, the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, but a new press release has confirmed that Iron Man 3 and The Town actress Rebecca Hall will be joining Paul Bettany (who is also in Iron Man 3, come to think of it) and Johnny Depp (who, to the best of my knowledge, is not in Iron Man 3) in the film, which supposedly deals with scientists uploading their consciousnesses into computers or something. [Comic Book Movie]
Oz the Great and Powerful
James Franco discusses his character's journey from Kansas conman to... well, to Oz-based conman, I guess, given what the character gets up to in The Wizard of Oz:
The character, as written, was very much [director] Sam [Raimi]'s idea. I think it was one of his big contributions. When you deal with Oz, as a subject, you have a fantastical land. So, I had faith that the designers would be able to create a spectacular world, but you don't want a movie that's just a journey through a fantastical world. You want the characters to have their own inner journeys. So, Sam's idea – or maybe it was a collaboration with the writers – was that the character would also have an inner journey. He would start off in one place, and then have room to grow, once you got to Oz. I thought, as selfish as he is and as much of a cad he is, in the beginning, it would never go to the point where he's unlikable because all of his manipulations and conning of people are played for laughs. And I can't quite blame him for being the way he is because of his history. He grew up in circumstances where he just wanted to get out. He wanted something different. With performing, he saw a way out. So, he's gone a little too far in his ambitions and it's blinded him to the love of the people around him, but you can't blame the initial reasons for being the way that he is.
And Mila Kunis discusses the challenges of playing the witch Theodora:
It was one of those things where I got very nervous about playing such an iconic character, or at least playing a character that has such an iconic end result. I didn't want to ruin it, and I didn't want to recreate it, and I didn't want to reinterpret it. So, in order for me to wrap my head around it, I had to make sense of her origin, which was just given to me, kind of like a gift. Here's a girl who is incredibly naïve and very young, and almost doesn't believe that she's worthy of love, and has never really truly experienced love, and then she meets James' character and falls madly in love with him, very quickly, mind you, but in love nonetheless, and then she gets her heart broken. And she doesn't have the emotional tools of dealing with heart ache, and doesn't want to deal with it, so she takes the easy way, given to her by her sister and goes through an emotional transformation that's mirrored by a physical one, and she happens to change color. I honestly viewed her as a just a normal girl who gets her heart broken, and who just so happens to be a witch that can fly.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has now officially signed on for the Frankenstein movie directed by Sherlock's Paul McGuigan and written by Chronicle's Max Landis. Radcliffe will play Dr. Frankenstein's assistant Igor — a character that is indelibly associated with the Frankenstein story, despite the fact that he doesn't really exist as a character outside of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein. Here's a recent statement from Landis on just that very fact:
realized we were missing Igor, the Igor everyone seemed to know, and I was like, "Wait, what?" So I started watching ALL of the Frankenstein movies, from Mel Brooks to Peter Cushing to Robert De Niro, and realized that the only time Igor's actually been (Doctor?) Victor (Henry?) Frankenstein's assistant was in the fucking Monster Mash. I was like, "Wait, what?" That's when the idea came to me: instead of trying to do some high minded "revisionist" Frankenstein, why not try to stay true to a version that only lives in the zeitgeist, and has NEVER REALLY EXISTED. And why not do it in an intelligent, hopefully, thoughtful way, about friendship and science, genius and madness, love and ambition, life and death? Why not use that imaginary, fairy dust framework of "guy with hunchbacked assistant makes monster" and make it fun, sad, scary and hopefully, I really hope this, moving. Let's just hope it comes together, you know? I think it's really cool.
You can read his complete statement at the link. [Ain't It Cool News]
Morris Chestnut, who previously played a main character on that V reboot from a couple years back (think hard, you might remember it, it was on ABC or something), discusses his role as Sergeant Marcus Williams — a role played by Omari Hardwick in the original — in the Kick-Ass sequel:
"'Kick-Ass 2' is gonna be a fun ride. It's a wild suspenseful ride. 'Kick-Ass 2' is a wild, kick-ass ride. I'm proud to be a part of that one. I play Chloe Moretz's guardian. Nic Cage died in the first movie, so he asked me to look over her, and I'm just trying to force her to do the right thing; in terms of going to school and getting her education, and staying away from the streets, and staying away from Kick-Ass. And she doesn't listen to me. I don't really get too much action in this one. I'm the wise guardian. I know what she's into, but I let her know – ‘Don't force me to have to make a decision. Because I m your guardian and I love you and I made a promise to your father that I would look after you, but I'm also an officer of the law. So if you break the law, and you're out there doing this Kick-Ass stuff, I'm gonna have to make a decision.'"
Game of Thrones
Tywin Lannister actor Charles Dance more or less confirms that season four is happening. This was already pretty much a certainty, but HBO likely won't officially renew the show until after the third season premiere, in keeping with previous seasons:
"We're about to start season four aren't we? This year. We get scripts pretty early on, much earlier on than in similar series, usually you get perhaps one episode and you just have to trust that what's going to come in subsequent episodes is going to be as good as the one you've got, but in this I think there are six scripts already written, and we will probably be able to see them with more than adequate time to prepare before we start shooting."
The Walking Dead
Here's a promo and a pair of clips for episode thirteen, "Arrow on the Doorstop."
Costars David Morrissey and Laurie Holden discuss their respective characters, starting with Morrissey tackling whether the Governor is actually evil:
Morrissey: I don't think any one character can be summed up that way," he said. "All the characters have elements of good and bad and evil in them. The Governor and Rick are both facing the same problems. They're both leaders, both trying to keep their communities alive. Right now, the Governor is actually doing a better job at that. There's a part of him that's good. He wants to be that father figure. But the darkness has allowed him to grow and prosper.
Holden: When she goes back and sleeps with him again, it's not because she's having a weak female moment and thinks he's handsome. She thought she could follow through with Carol's plan. Andrea thought she could do it and tried to do it. I think sleeping with him disgusted her. Then, she woke up, and — it's one thing to kill someone in self-defense, but it's another to stand over with them a knife while they're sleeping. She couldn't do it. You could call that weak or you could call that strong. But Andrea has never killed anyone before. She wants to find the humanity in both [Rick and the Governor].
And comics creator Robert Kirkman discusses the continuing evolution of Carl:
[We] watch him grow and evolve from this kid who's almost a burden to a child soldier. Where we're gonna go with this kid is some pretty exciting places. This season is really just the beginning of his journey.
Here are some casting tidbits for the upcoming sixth season:
Beginning in episode 6.06, there will be a new recurring vampire on True Blood named Wes! He was turned in the 1970s when he was in his mid 20's. His ethnicity isn't specified. He's sexy, smart, compassionate, protective, and plays the guitar. He's going to be involved in a love triangle with Jason and another vampire (hmmm... sounds like it could be Jessica, but the "other vampire" isn't named). Wes will be a strong recurring role in season 6 and a regular in season 7 - so we know he "survives" season 6 - and some rear nudity is involved.
Person of Interest
Here's an extended promo for episode seventeen, "Proteus."
Once Upon a Time
Here's a promo for this Sunday's episode, "The Miller's Daughter." The official description is below.
CORA'S DESIRE TO TAKE RUMPLESTILTSKIN'S PLACE AS THE DARK ONE TAKES ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING REALITY AS HE LAYS DYING, AND MARY MARGARET IS ONCE AGAIN TEMPTED BY DARK MAGIC, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME" — Rose McGowan ("Charmed") Guest Stars as Younger Cora — Cora's desire to rid herself of Rumplestiltskin in order to take his place as The Dark One takes one step closer to becoming reality as she and Regina try to overpower a dying Mr. Gold, and Mary Margaret is once again tempted by dark magic. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to offer his services to a younger Cora - for a price - when the king calls her bluff and orders her to actually follow through on her boast of being able to spin straw into gold
The episodes that will make up the show's two-part second season finale have the Peter Pan-influenced titles "Second Star to the Right" and "Straight on 'Til Morning." [KSiteTV]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Goodbye Stranger."
Here's a short description for episode nine, "Ceremony":
Reality and fantasy converge as Bo confronts her ultimate challenge. Trick dreads the meaning of something he sees.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas.