Kevin Feige explains the motivation of two of Tony Stark's latest adversaries. Peter Dinklage reveals what's ahead for Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. Hugh Jackman discusses a particularly crazy action sequence in The Wolverine. Plus what is the big, overarching story for the Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals? Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Iron Man 3.
Iron Man 3
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discusses just how many suits will feature in the third Iron Man, strongly hinting the rumors of a final battle featuring all of Tony Stark's suits are indeed accurate:
"We have what we call the prehensile suit, which allows each individual piece of the suit to fly separately and latch on to him. It doesn't quite work perfectly, but it is a great advancement that Tony uses throughout this movie, so that wherever he is, theoretically, he can call it to him and it can arrive. It doesn't always work, and there's a great scene in the movie, which we gave a little taste of to fans at Comic-Con this year in a giveaway of an art poster that Ryan Meinerding had done, where the entire suit doesn't come to him. He just gets one glove and one boot and has to fight off a battalion of bad guys with just the boot and just the glove. "It's often the limitations of the suit that can provide the most fun-when the suit breaks, when the suit doesn't quite work — and there's that in spades. We also, though, hint early on in the film by mentioning that this is not the Mark 8 as you might think because the Mark 7 was the last suit revealed in "The Avengers." It's the Mark 42. So there are well over 40 suits that Tony has built in between the time of "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" because of his obsession. By the end of the film, we see each and every one of them, and you realize Tony is a mechanic and he has been tinkering. Any conceivable idea he had about the suit technology he built and stored in his Hall of Armor. Finally, after talking about it for four movies we finally see his Hall of Armor and the giant army of suits that he's built for himself."
He also discusses the performance of Rubicon's James Badge Dale as the supporting villain Eric Savin:
James Badge Dale plays a character known as Savin. He works for Guy Pearce's character, Aldrich Killian. You don't know a lot about Savin at first but as the movie unfolds you learn more and more that he is a very frightening individual and he's somebody that has used Maya Hansen's technology Extremis for his own ends. He's somebody who can walk around and seemingly be just sort of an average Joe, but who presents himself with such a cocky confidence that you're not sure where that's coming from or why he has it and then you see what he can do... For this role that is not the lead character or the lead hero or the lead villain, we wanted an actor who can rise above and who can hold his own against this cast and from day one, James came in and proved that he could do that perfectly. He can be very funny when he wants to be and he can be very scary when he wants to be and he does both in this movie very well. "
Elsewhere, Feige drops some more hints about Ben Kingsley's main villain, the Mandarin:
"[Director] Shane Black had an idea of making him somebody whose background is unknown; we don't know where he's from at first, but he seems to be some kind of military officer that has gone off the reservation. He is starting to pull all of this iconography and symbolism from other cultures to his own ends to use them as symbols to pervert the symbol of the United States. He utilizes the moniker of the Mandarin and robes with dragons on them and uses South American sort of guerrilla tactics to create this aura of fear of his terror organization. The Mandarin is sort of a very frightening, modern-day terrorist who has taken terror motifs from all over the world to use to his own ends. It was a very cool and relevant and scary idea. And the best thing about the Mandarin, always in the comics, has been how relentless he was against Tony. When you see this film, something has happened in act one and the Mandarin is deemed responsible. On national television, Tony says, ‘I'm gonna come after you, Mandarin. I'm gonna find you.' And within a day, the Mandarin has decimated Tony's house. Obadiah Stane didn't do that, Whiplash didn't do that, Loki didn't do that. The Mandarin does it in the first act of Iron Man 3. That is very, very serious and very big."
There's more at the link. [Screen Rant]
Here's another armor poster. [/Film]
Star Hugh Jackman discusses one of the movie's biggest action sequences, which features a Japanese Bullet Train:
"It is insane. It was insane to shoot it. It was, again, one of those brilliant ideas. One of the most emblematic things about Japan is the bullet train. I can't go on the bullet train without any incident. It was hairy, shooting that stuff. To re-create what that is like, the kind of winds at 300 miles per hour, let me just say, looking back at some of the footage, I thought, 'It's time for a facelift.'"
He also hints at how Famke Janssen fits into the movie as Jean Grey:
"There's no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is - we've seen through the movies - is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' but in this movie, she has a presence, which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself."
And he offers this endorsement of the villainous Viper, as played by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Svetlana Khodchenkova:
"Viper is a badass, for someone who plays Wolverine, who is pretty badass. ... She's not your girl next door. You're going to end up kind of loving every minute she has on screen."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director Marc Webb's latest tweet has revealed that The Office and Inglourious Basterds actor B.J. Novak has joined the film, most likely as some sort of Oscorp employee. [/Film]
Christopher Nolan's latest movie — which maybe "will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding," but nobody really knows, because Christopher Nolan makes J.J. Abrams look downright chatty — is reportedly zeroing in on its first cast member. Specifically, the eternally shirtless Matthew McConaughey has reportedly been offered the lead role, who may or may not be called Cooper. While McConaughey spent quite a few years as a good-natured punchline, he rebuilt his career last year with a bunch of acclaimed performances, most notably in Magic Mike, so this could be very exciting news indeed. [Deadline]
Here's the latest behind-the-scenes video.
How to Catch a Monster
Hanna star Saoirse Ronan discusses what to expect from Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, a dark urban fantasy that is also set to star Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Doctor Who's Matt Smith:
I'm really excited about it. I met Ryan a few years ago and thought he was just the loveliest guy. I really think he's such a great actor as well and he's made great decisions. I know that as a director, he'll make great choices with this. I know he's going to do a great job. He wrote it as well. It's very cool. It's very stylized. I think it'll be great fun to do. The thing is, he's an actor's actor, so he really respects other actors. I think that'll come through as a director too.
Here's another promo for tomorrow's mid-series debut, "The Bells of Saint John."
We have our first bit of casting news for the 50th anniversary special, but it's not a former Doctor, companion, monster, or whatever else — the wonderfully named Ken Bones will, according to his CV, be playing "The General" in the episode. And while I suppose it's possible that this character is some sort of Civil War-era train, I'm guessing he's some sort of military type character. [Ken Bones]
Game of Thrones
The terrific Peter Dinklage discusses what to expect from Tyrion in season three:
"The three of us [Twyin, Cersei, and Tyrion] spar a lot this season. That's a challenge because we're a family and it's a family with a very dark history with each other. They're really rich, really well-written long scenes - six-page scenes - of just us talking. I really want to do those justice, you really want to serve it well... He's a survivor. He crawls his way back, to a certain extent. But that's what's fun about this character. He'll make the best out of every situation no matter what position he's put in."
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "Taxi Driver."
The season finale will reportedly be called "Sacrifice." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Unfinished Business."
The Vampire Diaries
Here's the synopsis for episode nineteen, "Pictures of You":
PROM NIGHT IN MYSTIC FALLS — After making a decision that infuriates Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) proposes a life-changing challenge for Rebekah (Claire Holt). Caroline (Caroline Accola) finds that her carefully laid plans for the perfect Senior Prom night are disrupted by Elena (Nina Dobrev), so she turns to an amused Klaus for a solution. Determined to get through to Elena, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) both attend the prom, but the evening begins to spiral out of control despite their efforts. When Elena suddenly lashes out in a way no one could have predicted, Matt (Zach Roerig) turns to Rebekah for help. Finally, Bonnie (Kat Graham) makes a terrifying discovery, and Klaus receives a message that could change everything.
Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec discusses how the long-term arc for the planned Klaus-centric spin-off will play out:
"With luck, over a long stretch of time and many, many seasons. The Originals will ultimately be the redemption tale of Klaus and, possibly, the unraveling of Elijah, who is going to have to maybe get his hands dirty in an effort to keep his brother in check. The choice to keep Klaus past season 3 was truly born out of how magnificent Joseph is and how much the audience was connecting to him in spite of hating him. They loved to hate him. So knowing that we had a character that powerful, and that there was a spin-off opportunity there, it let us spend season 4 getting Klaus to the place where the character was ready to be the lead of another show. He's a villain whose family and the people in his life are constantly searching for ways to find redemption for him, and he's constantly fighting against that instinct. So now, with luck, we get to make a whole series about it."
Here's a promo for season three.
Here's another promo for episode eleven, "Adventures in Fae-bysitting."
Here's the description for episode thirteen, which features the seemingly pun-free title "Those Who Wander":
Bo attempts an unlikely rescue against an army to save two people who are dear to her; Kenzi has an epiphany about Hale; Dyson is given an important clue to Bo's past.
Beauty and the Beast
Here's the description for episode eighteen, "Heart of Darkness":
EVAN LEADS MUIRFIELD TO VINCENT — Evan (Max Brown) confesses his love to Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and admits that he tipped off Muirfield to Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) whereabouts. Meanwhile, Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finds evidence that someone in the department is a mole who was working with the vigilante.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.