Rebecca Hall discusses her character's role in Iron Man 3, plus a funny flashback. Roland Emmerich drops some surprisingly interesting hints about his Independence Day sequel. Michael Bay reveals his latest Transformers leading lady. Plus all the latest on Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Revolution, and more! Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Star Trek Into Darkness.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Simon Pegg discusses his approach to Scotty in the sequel:
"He’s still very proud, and he thinks he owns the ship. He’s very principled, and those principles define his role in the film... Because I've got Scottish family, [director] J.J. [Abrams] lets me put Scottishisms into the script. But one day he came up to me on the set and said, ‘Simon, we have to understand what you are saying!" So I pulled it back a little bit."
He also hints at the nature of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain John Harrison:
It’s been fun seeing people try to figure out who he is playing and all the time it just being a very simple answer. John Harrison is indicative of a thing going on in society today, which is the enemy within. Not…a multi-horned alien or another country or whatever. It’s the idea that the threat can be one of us and can come from inside.
Iron Man 3
The Town's Rebecca Hall explains how her character Maya Hansen comes to work for Guy Pearce's villainous Aldrich Killian:
Maya is discovered by Killian because she’s one of the most intelligent and brightest, biochemical scientists in the world, so she gets recruited by him. By this point, she’s already well on the way to creating what she thinks is going to be the single most revolutionary discovery of mankind because it will essentially cure human beings of all illness, but she needs the funding to complete it. So she sells it to the highest bidder, who is Killian, and he funds her research.
She also details a flashback to New Year's Eve 1999 featuring her character, Robert Downey, Jr.'s Tony Stark, and Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan:
"We had a fun time shooting it because it was funny on the page, but somehow the three of us started getting more and more ridiculous with it and got a lot of jokes out of it... You realize actually that the haircuts were really specific and there are certain cultural references that you can really milk like Jon Favreau dressed up like John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction.” It’s kind of great."
Here's a look at two of the movie's new suits. [/Film]
Man of Steel
Screenwriter David S. Goyer offered this coyly roundabout answer when asked about Lex Luthor's exclusion from the film:
I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him.
The World's End
Here's a new photo from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's apocalyptic follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. [Filmofilia]
Here's a pair of TV spots.
ID Forever Parts I and II
Director Roland Emmerich still wants to make a two-part sequel to Independence Day, and here's how he explains the movies' setup:
”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years... It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over. The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].”
The one intriguing tidbit is this suggestion that the events of Independence Day have sent that world down a very different path from our own, which offers some actual justification as to why a sequel could be worthwhile:
"It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane."
Since pretty much all of Michael Bay's creative (using the term loosely) decisions seem to be prompted by him being goaded by fans, the director confirmed Transformers 4's new female lead after someone tweeted "Tell us who already!" Bay proceeded to do just that, revealing that Nicola Peltz — best known for playing Katara in M. Night Shymalan's colossally miscalculated Last Airbender movie — will star alongside the already announced Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor. [@S4TE]
Here's a trailer, prequel, and promo poster for this Saturday's mid-series premiere, "The Bells of Saint John." [Dr. Who Online]
And here's a synopsis for the episode:
Ever sat on a train, with a laptop, and watched all those wireless base stations appear and disappear on your screen? We live in a teeming ocean of wi-fi. The air is a soup of data, and don’t you ever worry that something else might be swimming along inside it? Well, if you haven’t worried so far, you might be about to start. Because here’s a gentle warning — sometimes you might see some strange alien symbols appear in your wi-fi menu. Don’t click on them. Just don’t click. Because that means there’s a Spoonhead really close. The Doctor returns to contemporary London and finds himself meeting Clara Oswald for the third time — he’s been searching the universe for her, but will she even know who he is? There’s hardly time to worry about it, though, because all humanity is in terrible danger...
Neil Gaiman's penultimate episode has reportedly had its title changed from "The Last Cybermen" to "Nightmare in Silver." [SpoilerTV]
Game of Thrones
Margaery Tyrell actress Natalie Dormer discusses what's ahead in season three:
"[It's] the season of the rise and fall; reversal of fortunes. The people who start off with nothing suddenly get dealt an incredible hand and powers shift considerably and vice versa. There are some really traumatic losses within the show."
And here are the official synopses for episodes two through five of the third season, all of which will air throughout April:
Episode #22: "Dark Wings, Dark Words"
Sansa (Sophie Turner) says too much. Shae (Sibel Kekilli) asks Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) for a favor. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) finds a way to pass the time. Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Episode #23: "Walk of Punishment"
Tyrion shoulders new responsibilities. Jon (Kit Harington) is taken to the Fist of the First Men. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets with the slavers. Jaime strikes a deal with his captors.
Episode #24: "And Now His Watch Is Ended"
The Night's Watch takes stock. Varys (Conleth Hill) meets his better. Arya is taken to the commander of the Brotherhood. Daenerys exchanges a chain for a whip.
Episode #25: "Kissed by Fire"
The Hound (Rory McCann) is judged by the gods; Jaime is judged by men. Jon proves himself; Robb (Richard Madden) is betrayed. Tyrion learns the cost of weddings.
The sixth episode of season six is reportedly called "Don't You Feel Me," and the show is casting "a nice, gay male vampire" as a guest role for the episode. [SpoilerTV]
The Walking Dead
Costar Norman Reedus discusses what's ahead for Daryl in the wake of Merle's death:
I think it shuts him down a little bit more. I think it hardens him a little more. That rage is still there and I don't think stabbing him over and over again is releasing that rage. It's just opening a new door. I would expect Daryl to become more introverted and be a more hardened person. He just grew up a lot right then.
So what can you say about Sunday's finale?
It's explosive. Everybody wants this dude dead. Everybody hates this guy. He's hell bent on destroying what we have and we're hell bent on chopping his face off. Every single person wants to kill him, and he's out for some bloodthirsty revenge. He's offended everyone on a super personal level. It's a fleet of bulls smashing into a fleet of elephants. You know what I'm saying.
Person of Interest
Here's the official description for episode nineteen, "Trojan Horse," which airs April 4:
WHEN THE NUMBER OF A TECH EXECUTIVE COMES UP, THE POI TEAM HAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT SHE INTENDS TO SABOTAGE HER OWN COMPANY FROM WITHIN, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," THURSDAY, APRIL 4 – When the number of a leading tech executive comes up, Finch infiltrates her corporation to gather intel but can't determine whether she is working in her company's best interest or planning to destroy it from the inside. Meanwhile, Carter continues to question Detective Beecher's integrity after he provides incriminating information about a fellow detective.
Here's a promo for next Monday's episode and twelfth overall, "Ghosts."
And here's a short synopsis for episode fourteen, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia":
Monroe's paranoia is fueled by the disappearance of Neville and Jason's big decision; Miles and Charlie grow closer; Miles feels attracted to both Nora and Rachel; Rachel tries to turn the power back on.
Creator Eric Kripke discusses the fallout of Danny's death:
"It's the type of shocking development that really ramps everybody up for their mission in the second half of the season and it really emotionally escalates everything. Every character needs an intense emotional drive... to face down General Monroe and to not do it just for political reasons, but do it for intensely personal and tortured reasons. [They] take the fight to Monroe in the most fraught and desperate way possible... I think there will be lots of conflict [between Charlie, Miles, and Rachel]... the three of them is such a center of gravity for the show." Kripke continues, "... the thematics we explore are much more about family than they're about anything else and can this family stay together in the face of these overwhelming odds."
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a sneak peek at this week's episode, "American Gothic."
Being Human (US)
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for episode twelve, "Always a Bridesmaid, Never Alive."
Here's another sneak peek at BBC America's upcoming clone drama.
Beauty and the Beast
Here's a preview for this week's episode, "Partners in Crime," from executive producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.