The very funny Charlie Day explains why he isn't just comic relief in Pacific Rim. Patricia Clarkson joins the latest dystopian YA novel adaptation. BSG star Katee Sackhoff talks Riddick. Could a character more famous than Green Arrow himself show up in Arrow's second season? Plus Orphan Black hints. Spoilers right now!
Top image from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Thor: The Dark World
Composer Bryan Tyler discusses his latest Marvel assignment, creating the music for the Thor sequel:
"That's very recent. It's a great film in the Marvel franchise, it's coming out in November. And the great thing about Thor and Iron Man and all this is that it relates to The Avengers. I think it's just fantastic how they've kept that universe a contained universe. Of course, these characters, they all have the rights to them. But I think it's really clever how they do it. And yet they all have a different feel. The feel of Thor [The Dark World] is a very different than Iron Man. Yet they live in the same universe. For me, it's like somehow Indiana Jones showed up on the Enterprise; or something. It's just awesome! But it's great because, for me, I get to do something completely different and I'm really excited about that project."
Here's the latest TV spot.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day discusses his character Newt and whether his role is comic relief:
It is and it isn't. Certainly myself and Burn Gorman provide a little bit of much needed levity, it's a break from the monsters and the guys fighting. But then the character gets thrust into the story in a way that his life is seriously at risk and it becomes a little more action oriented and a little more horror movie-esque. So, he kinda bounces back between being humorous and also being real. He's not funny in the way that the guys from Sunny or the guys from Horrible Bosses are funny, ‘cause he has to be real. Because the movie - you have to buy the monsters and buy the world and you don't want to be taken completely out of it. It's been interesting, I was worried they were going to push me more towards comedy but Guillermo keeps pushing me more towards the dramatic stuff. So, either people will enjoy the difference or they'll crucify me, I'm not sure. We'll find out.
What can you tell us about your character?
He's sort of the ‘everyman' of the movie. Because the rest of these guys, they look really good in their suits and they've go abs, they can kick and fight and punch. Newt is sort of the ‘everyman' and he's flawed and he's arrogant... I basically go out on the streets to talk to Ron Perlman, to talk to a Black Market Dealer, get my hands on an actual brain and have a close encounter with a few of the Kaiju. So, it's really the only opportunity for the fans to see what happens to the ‘everyman' when he runs into one of these monsters. It's cool to watch the guys in the robot deal with them and fight them but it's the only opportunity the audience gets to say, "Well, what if I were walking down the street, what would happen?" In that sense it's great, he sort of the link to the common person.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Here's an official set photo of an underground vault. [Coming Soon]
The Maze Runner
The great Patricia Clarkson, whose credits range from a grieving mother in The Station Agent to Tammy One on Parks and Recreation, has reportedly joined the cast of the adaptation of James Dashner's 2009 YA novel. She will reportedly play Chancellor Ava Paige. Here's a description of the novel's story, or at least its initial story before a series of twists and turns transform the story into something quite different:
Dylan O'Brien (TV's Teen Wolf) stars in the film as Thomas, the latest boy to emerge into The Glade with no memory of who he is or how he got there. A group of other boys his age welcome him into their makeshift society, and explain that they each found themselves in a similar situation. All around their little agrarian kingdom loom massive stone walls that open each morning to reveal an intricate maze, which changes shape at will. What lies at the end of it? No one has found out, though the fastest and most daring of the boys run into it every day hoping to find out. All they know for sure is that someone is watching them - and those who don't return before sunset never make it back at all.
World War Z
Here's one more sneak peek clip.
Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff describes her character Dahl and how this character matches up with Starbuck:
My character's this sniper. You see me most of the time with this sniper rifle that's just a head shorter than I am, pretty much, and then my handgun. In this one I was given an LOD, which is an electrical current gun. I was like, "Come on it's kind of girly, why do I have to fire that thing?" So I was trying to make it cooler and the director goes, "Well there's a three-second load-up, while you stand there." And I was like, "What if I shoot my handgun at the same time, while it's gearing up?" So, I'm standing there with this massive thing and firing at the same time and then sweeping with this big LOD. I found a way to make it as masculine as possible.
Would you say that Dahl is different than Starbuck or is there some Starbuck in there?
I think there's a little bit of her. Because there's a little bit of me in all of the characters I've played. I've never really had the opportunity to play something that's a complete departure from me yet. I am definitely a lot more girly that the characters that I play, but there's a lot of big differences between Starbuck and Dahl. Starbuck is extremely juvenile and she was very immature and she kind of grew up in that show. Dahl is very mature, very much a woman. My backstory, DT [David Twohy] and I pretty much made it up but she was thrust into a situation where she grew up really fast. She's kind of been taking care of herself for a while and she's extremely confident. Starbuck was confident to mask her insecurities, there's not an insecure bone in Dahl. She's by far the toughest, most deadly character I've ever played. There's not a moment where this woman would shed a tear, and not because she doesn't feel like it but because there's nothing that would make her cry.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Here's a TV spot.
Here's a trio of new set videos from the filming in Texas. Some people believe the vehicle in question is the latest incarnation of Optimus Prime. You can also check out some set photos of the cast at the link. [Comic Book Movie]
Since Michael Bay seems only to communicate with the outside world these days in a series of angry denials, here's his latest angry denial about the film's name:
"There are rumors flying around from various media sites about the title of the next Transformers. I wanted you to hear from me directly that we have not yet chosen a title and anything being reported is absolutely not true. When we have a title to announce, I promise you will hear it from me first."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Costar Chloe Bennet explains how her character Skye first encounters the S.H.I.E.L.D. team:
I can't say much about it. But I can say that she is this superhero-obsessed girl, in a way where she's just in awe of it, but she's also skilled in the sense that she can kind of get herself into these situations. You know, I think she's going to enjoy the ride, just like myself. I think she'll have fun.
You say she's superhero obsessed and obviously the show's about normal people in a world with superheroes. S.H.I.E.L.D. can be a little more jaded, I guess, but is Skye still basically going, "Oh my God! These people are really out there!"?What does she make of Agent Coulson?
I think she would be more one to play it a little bit cool, but then have those geek-out moments. She's not quite a cosplay girl, she's not exactly a fangirl, but she gets really excited — but it's in here [tapping chest], just like all of us about the show, I think.
I think her and Coulson could get along. You will have to watch and see how they got on, but yeah... [Laughs]
Star Stephen Amell suggests some DC Comics characters more famous than Green Arrow will show up in the second season:
"The thing that makes me most excited about the show is that when we were up shooting the pilot, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim came to me with ideas for Season One - 'Here's where we're looking at taking Season One.' All of these things happened, all of these fleshed out ideas ended up taking place. They sat me down [again] after my last post-production work for Season One back in Los Angeles and Andrew Kreisberg sat me down and gave me the big pitch and then after I got the pitch he went 'OK, here's the game-changer.' And the game-changer is a 'game-changer.' I can't say [specifics] but it's something and some people that aren't just familiar to DC Comics fans... they're like... more familiar than Green Arrow."
Logically, this game-changing character probably has to be a villain, because the only hero more famous than Green Arrow who could really fit in this universe is Batman, and it's really difficult to imagine that there's any chance Bruce Wayne is going to show up. Although I guess Dick Grayson is the vaguest of vague possibilities. [Comic Book Movie]
Co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett discuss what's ahead in season two:
Fawcett: To me, Alison is very much on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She's been drinking and pill popping and still puts on the happy face for everyone ... for the most part. For me, that's a character who will always be fun to play with. She's a paranoid, conspiracy theorist, gun-carrying, pill-popping alcoholic housewife in the suburbs — you can't tell me that in season two and beyond you won't have a blast with a character like that!
Can you say if season two will pick up where season one left off or if there will be a time jump?We got hints of Kira's specialness all season long — she can heal and is the first child of a clone. Will season two be about discovering what she is?
Fawcett: We gotta hit the ground running. The bottom line is Kira's gone and that means there's a fire under everyone's ass. You won't come back into the season with a one month or six month time jump.
Manson: Yes. We're very interested in the biology that makes Sarah the one mother among the clones and what that means for her offspring. There's a long mystery to be followed there.
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "Lost and Found."
Here's a promo for the next episode, "The Bride Wore Black."
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.