Don't expect to see Miles Morales take over as the movie Spider-Man, ever. There's an unsubstantiated rumor about the title of Star Wars: Episode VII. Early reviews of Mad Max: Fury Road are ridiculously upbeat. Plus, Andy Serkis is advising on the Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spoilers now!
Top image: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Domhnall Gleeson had this to say about the table read:
I don't want to say too much about it because I am terrified I will accidentally give the entire story away. But obviously I'm extremely excited about it. We had the read-through and it was incredible sitting in the room with all those unbelievably talented actors.
Also feeling good about the table read is Mark Hamill, who tweeted:
UK table read- I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. WOW they're good! The saga is in superb hands.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 1, 2014
So we know that Hugh Jackman thinks that third Wolverine movie will be his last one in the role. And that's pretty much kicked off speculation about what that means for the plot of his last film. There's a lot of speculation going around that Marvel's upcoming "Death of Wolverine" comics storyline lays the groundwork for killing off the character in his third solo movie. [K Pop Starz]
The Amazing Spider-Man
No sooner did Andrew Garfield endorse the idea of a Miles Morales Spider-Man after he leaves the franchise (saying he was a "huge moment in this character's comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that"), than the producers rush to shoot it down. Say Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach:
The Playlist: Are Miles Morales ("Ultimate Spider-Man"), Ben Reilly (clone Spider-Man) or Miguel O'Hara ("Spider-Man 2099″) on the table? If you want a Spider-Man movie every year why not bring in some of the other variations?
Arad: No. The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside – who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today's world in many ways. But to have multiple ones… I don't know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man.
So Spider-Man in the cinematic realm will always be Peter Parker?
Tolmach: As far as we're concerned. The guys who take it over after us… Who knows…
Tolmach also said that Gwen Stacy's fate was always going to be in the Amazing Spider-Man 2:
We always knew this story was going to happen. We don't want people to say, "Okay already, let's get to it…" It's more dramatic that you don't see it coming. And people don't. Neither did Peter. You have to keep people on the edge of their seat.
And here's an interview with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. [Coming Soon]
In the same interview, Tolmach and Arad touched on the role the other films will play in the greater universe Sony is setting up:
Tolmach: They all will fit but will still be movies unto themselves. But the possibility for crossover is absolute. That's the idea – to not just build them modularly. You have to make movies that stand alone as movies. But the clever idea is,What if you could cross the swords? So the universes have to tonally link up with each other, for sure.
Arad: Don't forget that Venom has Planet of the Symbiote. There's a lot of meat on this dark bone. And it all comes back to Spider-Man. So everything we are going to do, all the extensions, Spider-Man will always be there, the idea, even if he's off-screen, will be there.
As to where the idea came from, Dane DeHaan (who plays Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) says that it had not been mentioned until after the second film was finished:
There was no murmur of [a Sinister Six film] when we were shooting. But as they started to show the movie, people were responding so well to Harry and Electro and the Goblin, and that's where they got the idea.
Tolmach backed up that story, saying that the idea took shape during filming:
Something happened when we were making this last movie. It happened early in the making of this last movie. Some of it was the story. Some of it was the casting of the villains that are in this movie. Some of it was [production designer] Mark Friedberg's mind-blowing set creation. Suddenly, Oscorp was becoming this character, in a way that even caught us slightly off guard. It was the place where all these things originated from.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is happy to be back and happy that Alan Taylor is directing, saying:
It's an honor to be asked back, I'm delighted - not only for the Terminator movie - but to be asked to do Conan and be asked to do a sequel to Twins... I know for sure that [Alan Taylor] will do a good job with Terminator.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Slashfilm has a round-up of reactions to a screening of a rough cut of the film, which was about two hours, with incomplete effects. And the reactions are all pretty good.
Randy at Action Figure Times:
This IS the kind of Mad Max II/The Road Warrior on steroids, go-big-or-go-home, bug-nuts crazy, toss-you-in-the-deep-end mythology and put-it-all-out-there-in-case-we-never-make-another-one Mad Max Fury Road. [...]
. . . it works! A chase that goes long and deep into the heart of Miller's post-apocalyptic world, trying to get out of the Wasteland. It opens up and hardly slows down.
Kevin Craig West on Facebook:
just came from a year in advance screening of "Mad Max Fury Road". Weird to not see Gibson as Max but Tom Hardy holds it down just fine. Great action sequences and amazing post apocalyptic vehicles and costuming with awesome makeup.
Others were more general in their praise, with one singling out Nicholas Hoult. [Slashfilm]
Julia Parker has joined the cast of S2K, joining Meg Foster and Erica Grant. The film is a futuristic thriller about a woman searching for pleasure after her depression destroys her marriage. Here's how Parker describes her character:
I'm a bit of a brainy character who is scientist and a psychotherapist who is treating Sam, Erica Grant's character who is dealing with a deep depression. Because it has these Science fiction elements and a lot of really intense situations, I'm very excited about working in this film.
Warner Brothers has bought Cloaked, a script by Derek Connolly and based on an idea by Robert Downey Jr. RDJ and Susan Downey will produce the film, which is apparently a "supernatural horror comedy in the vein of An American Werewolf In London." [Deadline]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Well, if you're going to be doing motion-capture, you might as well get help from the master. Mark Ruffalo recently revealed that he's been talking with Andy Serkiss:
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 25, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Head to the film's Facebook page for a new look at the film. [Facebook]
The film's release date has been moved sooner, to August 7th, 2015, from an originally announced summer 2016 date. [Shock Till You Drop]
Game of Thrones
Kit Harrington spoke to GQ about what season 4 looks like and what's up next for Jon Snow:
It doesn't stop, either. It's getting worse ... There's some scenes this season, and there's parts of it that go even darker. The gruesome stuff- we've seen 'Saw,' we know that, you can do that 'til kingdom come. People can deal it. What I wonder is how people can deal with something going dark and dark and darker. Being unrelenting in how pessimistic things are. They really push it.
. . . There's a huge amount riding on him to be a leader, and I want him to become that leader. I guess for me, Jon Snow is a figure of hope within the whole thing- that he'll continue to be this good person, somehow the story will end well for everybody.
Here's an interview with Thomas Brodie-Sangster, where he talks about Bran's mission and the nature of Jojen Reed's visions — and he seems to hint that Jojen Reed is not going to be around for long, given his health problems and the dangerous places they're traveling to. Among other things, he says Jojen's health will deteriorate rapidly, and Jojen is very aware of his own mortality, because he's glimpsed the future and he knows what's coming. [Winter Is Coming]
Agents of SHIELD
In discussing the poster for next week's episode, "Ragtag," producer Jeff Bell gave some details about the episode:
We feel like Ward is showing all these different colors, and we thought it might be fun to show how Ward became Ward. Nothing definitive, because we're still driving towards our conclusion with Deathlok and Raina and Garrett and Quinn and our cavalcade of bad guys, but Ward really is front and center in this episode. And showing his relationship with Garrett, and how that was shaped over the years, was really fun. [Bill] Paxton and Brett [Dalton] did an amazing job together.
And, as the poster suggests, the episode will potentially focus on other team members as well, correct?
The episode is called "ragtag" and they've kind of lost everything. Maria Hill has told us as much, that there's no more S.H.I.E.L.D., and so how do we go on and how does Coulson carry forward, when the organization that he believed in more than anything is disbanded? It seems like S.H.I.E.L.D. or no S.H.I.E.L.D. our team has to try and bring Garrett and Ward to some sort of justice and conclusion, and that's where we're speeding towards. And that's a lot of what this poster suggests.
The poster is below. [Entertainment Weekly]
ABC Family's movie about the children of Disney's iconic heroes and villains has added Kristen Chenoweth as Maleficent. [Entertainment Weekly]
Once Upon a Time
Executive producer Eddy Kitsis says the season finale isn't just two episodes, aired back-to-back, but a "two-hour movie." Kitsis also named a character he'd like to bring in to the show:
I've always liked Mr. Toad because he feels very relevant for our times; a person living beyond their means and he's very decadent. Decadence is something our show handles, but we just haven't gotten to it.
Here are two sneak peeks at Sunday's episode, "Kansas."
Syfy's also commissioned an adaptation of this graphic novel. Here's the description of the project:
Based on the best-selling graphic novel. When retired soldier Luke Taylor investigates a break-in at his house, he never expected who the burglar would be: A clone of himself. Drawn into a vast government conspiracy when his wife is kidnapped, Luke must use all his combat skills and network of military contacts to get to the bottom of the secret biotech program that is responsible and the hidden agenda that goes all the way to the top levels of power. Writer/Executive Producer: David Schulner (Dracula, Ironside). Executive Producers: Robert Kirkman of Skybound Entertainment (Creator, EP, Writer of The Walking Dead) and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead). Studio: Universal Television.
Filming in North Carolina is looking for some people to play undead soldiers next week:
WILMINGTON, NC- STILL LOOKING FOR THIN CAUCASIAN MALES TO PLAY UNDEAD SOLDIERS (PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU MEET REQUIREMENTS). NO NEED TO APPLY IF YOU HAVE DONE SO ALREADY.
I still have a few spots open and looking for Caucasuan Men 18-40 yr old who MUST BE SLENDER to play undead soldiers. You must be willing to be clean shaven and no visible tattoos. Must be available to work WED MAY 7 for what could be 12+hr and could involve some night work that could go late into the evening and into the next morning. The pay is a guaranteed $64 total for up to 8 hr and time and a half after 8 hr.
The Vampire Diaries
Michael Malarkey described what's happening for Enzo on the other side:
He's left on the other side, [and] there's a part of him going, 'What the hell am I doing here?' Now he's going to do whatever he can to reveal the fact that he's dead-alive and kicking and pissed off with how things have gone down," Malarkey said. "Because the other side is collapsing, there becomes little chinks in the fabric as it were, little glitches in the matrix. So Enzo ends up finding some of these little glitches and, in a very creepy manner, the rest of the gang finds out as well.
. . . He's realized that the other side is beginning to kind of fall apart, so I think there's an element of not wanting to be there to see that happen because it's like the Nothing from The NeverEnding Story. What's going to happen? It's the Nothing. I don't want to go there
In addition to running into some familiar faces on the other side, Malarkey also talked about the finale:
He's going to be part of the lead up to the finale, which is incredible, by the way. When I first read it, I was gobsmacked by how it played out and you're going to get a lot of surprises, a few deaths, and some heavy drama going on. And it leaves it in a great place for season 6, so people will be itching to get back into the world and see what's going to happen to these characters.
Here's a new promo:
Person of Interest
Here's a promo for episode 4.22, "A House Divided." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's the official description of the season finale:
"Do You Believe in Miracles" – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
THE SHOCKING SEASON FINALE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) feels the effects of the First Blade, and Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) makes his move against humanity. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean and Castiel (Misha Collins) face shocking consequences when taking the fight to Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver (#923).
Here are the descriptions of episode 1.09, "Unity Day," and episode 1.10, "I Am Become Death":
"Unity Day" – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, SV) (HDTV)
MASS CHAOS — Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Finn (Thomas McDonell) attempt to broker peace with the Grounders but all hell breaks loose when Bellamy (Bob Morley), Jasper (Devon Bostick) and Raven (guest star Lindsey Morgan) show up armed and ready for battle. Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) and Lincoln (guest star Ricky Whittle "Single Ladies") grow closer. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes during the Unity Day celebration on the Ark. Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, and Chris Larkin also star. John Behring directed the episode written by Kim Shumway & Kira Snyder (#109).
"I Am Become Death" – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
MURPHY RETURNS — Murphy (guest star Richard Harmon "Bates Motel") returns to camp claiming to have been held captive and tortured by the Grounders, and Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) have very different opinions on how to handle his return. Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) sneaks away to find Lincoln (guest star Ricky Whittle) and returns with a serious warning for the 100. Meanwhile, a mysterious virus strikes camp forcing many to be quarantined, and Jasper (Devon Bostick) pulls off a heroic move. Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick and Chris Larkin also star. Omar Madha directed the episode written by T.J. Brady & Rasheed Newson (#110).
And here's a trailer for "Day Trip."
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen