According to set reports, one of the most famous bars in the universe is being rebuilt. Paul Giamatti hints the villains of Amazing Spider-Man 2 are part of a larger design. Plus crazy reports on Christopher Nolan's Insterstellar. And updates on Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Syfy's Legion spin-off Dominion. Spoilers!
Top image from Thor: The Dark World.
Star Wars: Episode VII
This is just a rumor – seriously, when the site publishing the rumor says this should just be treated as a rumor, you know it’s on shaky ground – but the subtitle for the new Star Wars movie is supposed A New Dawn. That sounds like far too obvious an echo of the original movie’s A New Hope to be terribly plausible, but even then it’s only supposedly one of several titles under consideration – and indeed, an update to the post notes that A New Dawn was apparently floated a year ago, possibly as part of George Lucas’s outlines that he then sold on to Disney.
Anyway, the other part of this rumor deals with some of the scenes and locations that the new movie might feature. A supposed inside source claims that a life-size cross-section of the Millennium Falcon is under construction at Pinewood Studios, as well as a power plant set and “the famous cantina,” which would apparently suggest a return trip to Mos Eisley. Again, though, it’s best to treat all of this with the greatest possible skepticism. [Talkbacker]
Here's Benedict Cumberbatch's diplomatic yet ever so slightly coy response to the recent casting rumors:
“Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek. But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumor quashed... We’ll have to wait and see.”
Thor: The Dark World
Here’s a high-res version of the latest international poster. [Coming Soon]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Rhino actor Paul Giamatti very strongly hints that this movie is indeed laying the groundwork for a villains team-up movie down the line, which might well take the form of the Sinister Six:
"I believe there's a lot of stage-setting for the next film. There are several villains in this movie, and some of them are more foreground and important. Jamie Foxx is and stuff. A couple of us are more hanging around the background because I think there will be a bigger deal… I don't actually know, but that seems to be what they're doing. I'm not an idiot either, but I can't claim hard and fast knowledge of this. I won't. I can't because I don't actually know, but you and I can speculate."
Elsewhere, Giamatti talks more about his approach to the Rhino and how the character differs from its comics counterpart:
"These things are kind of operatic, so you need big old hammy actors sometimes. But I personally like doing stuff like that and I liked comic books when I was a little kid. In the comic books of old, he had this suit on that made him look like a rhinoceros, and it made him super strong. If there was a bank vault he would just run right through it. Butt through it with his head. And he was not very smart… And I have a particular kind of suit, but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about it. He's a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. I have an ability to just destroy things. My accent is pretty hammy. I loved doing it. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."
It’s hard to say how believable any of this is, but a report claims that Christopher Nolan recently shot a spaceship crash sequence as part of his ongoing filming in Iceland. The filming also apparently included models and objects referred to as “Drones” and “The Mother Ship,” which might well tie back in with the whole idea of space exploration that this film is ostensibly about. But with so little to go on about the movie’s story, it’s difficult to tell how a crash, some drones, or a ship – that may or may not be the same one as Matthew McConaughey and company are presumably aboard – it’s hard to even speculate on how any of this fits together. There’s an attempt at just such speculation at the link, although I’d say the results are rather mixed. [Desde Hollywood]
World War Z 2
Because the first movie ended up being surprisingly successful, all things considered, star Brad Pitt says a sequel remains on the cards:
"We're certainly talking about it, yeah. We have so many ideas on the table from just the time we spent developing this thing and figuring out how zombie worlds work. We have so many ideas and so much information, we think we have a lot of stuff to mine from. We're going to do our best and see what we get out of it."
The complete video interview with Pitt is below. [Shock Till You Drop]
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Erstwhile Frasier and Boss star Kelsey Grammer discusses his character, the villain of the latest Transformers movie, as well as the experience of working with director Michael Bay:
"He’s a no-nonsense guy, He’s lived his life in the shadows for 30 years in the service of his country, and he likes to be unremarkable yet very efficient… I don’t know if Michael has seen Frasier. He’s been very respectful and funny. He’s a terrific guy and quite a filmmaker. He just said to me the other day, 'You’re Kelsey Grammer - you can do whatever you want to do.' So I guess he at least has some acquaintance with my work."
[Empire Magazine via Coming Soon]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Here’s the latest behind-the-scenes featurette. [Coming Soon]
Here’s an interview video with costars Chloe Bennet and Brett Dalton. [KSiteTV]
The Walking Dead
Here’s the latest sneak peek at the upcoming fourth season.
Here’s a promo for the upcoming season.
Here’s the description for September 25’s second season premiere, “Born In The USA”:
In last year's finale, our heroes made the treacherous journey to the Tower and were able to turn on the power, but at what cost? The effects of this move prove to be catastrophic for everyone. Now Miles (Billy Burke), Aaron (Zak Orth) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) have found themselves in a mysterious small town, in the great nation of Texas, where Rachel unexpectedly encounters an important figure from her past. Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) finds herself on a mission in the Plains Nation while Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Jason (JD Pardo) search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. Meanwhile, Monroe (David Lyons) has discovered a gritty role in his new environment.
Monroe actor David Monroe explains how the second season picks up in the aftermath of last season’s destruction:
"We're picking it up after the bombs dropped, so there's been some dispersion of all of the characters. We will find ourselves in very, very different scenarios. The bombs have dropped, and the East Coast of America is now rubble, and the emotional weight of that, to the characters that were in the tower that could have stopped it, is huge, so you see them start to break apart and change. Likewise, Monroe, I think, has a deep sense of relief that he's no longer at the top of the tree. He's off roguing his way around whorehouses. That's a term that Eric uses, not me. I call them 'ladies of the night.'"
He also cryptically explains how the show’s entire feel has changed between seasons:
"With this show, it's been almost like a quiet apocalypse, but now that they dropped the bomb, it's kind of a post-apocalyptic show, because they've had one and now they've had another, very noisy one. It's a lot more grimy; a lot dirtier; a lot darker. So that whole world, in terms of the look of the characters, and in terms of the motivation of the characters, we're getting into that kind of true post-apocalyptic grime. You see humanity at its very best and its very, very worst. So when there's darkness, it's very, very dark,"
There’s more at the link. [KSiteTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here’s the official description for the third season premiere:
"Heart of the Truest Believer" - As Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook enter Neverland to search for a kidnapped Henry, they're greeted by a school of not-to-friendly mermaids who threaten to end their search before it begins; Henry finds himself on the run from the Lost Boys with another escapee from Peter Pan's encampment; and Neal, recovering from his wounds, travels through the Enchanted Forest with Mulan in an attempt to learn the fates of Emma and Henry, on the Season Premiere of "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
And some promo photos are below. [KSiteTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here’s an interview with executive producer Caroline Dries and costar Kat Graham. [BuddyTV]
Syfy has announced some casting additions for the second season:
William Atherton is High-Ranking Earth Republic Official Viceroy Mercado and Anna Hopkins is Earth Republic Soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rai. Atherton steps into the supporting role of the jaded, Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado, Major Pottinger’s (James Murray) commanding officer. Mercado is ruthless, quick tongued and sarcastic, fond of peppering his sentences with obscure old Earth cultural references and mocking younger subordinates for being too young to understand. He sees Pottinger for the manipulative person he is, but grudgingly admits the man gets results. Mercado also has a dark secret that would shock his colleagues and the townspeople of Defiance.
Hopkins joins the cast as the sexy, tough and fearless Jessica “Berlin” Rai, an Earth Republic soldier and documentarian who makes propaganda films that shine a positive light on the Earth Republic occupation of Defiance. Berlin believes in her films’ messages having grown up during the lawless and volatile years of the Pale Wars, and now seeing the government as a means to protect and unite by any means necessary. Sexy and confident, Berlin becomes the center of a passionate love triangle. Atherton and Hopkins join the previously announced James Murray as new cast additions to season two of the series. Murray will portray the integral role of Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance.
And here’s an update on the show’s story heading into the new season:
As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa, Amanda has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes.
The full announcement is at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Syfy is going ahead with a TV series set in the same universe as Legion – you know, that one movie with the angels and Paul Bettany – and here are some official details on the premise and the main cast:
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years after the events of the movie and picking up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he's the unlikely savior of humanity, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth.
Christopher Egan plays "Alex Lannen," an orphan with both a rebellious and protective streak. Handsome, heroic and fearless, Alex is classified as a "grunt" soldier in Michael's Archangel Corp but he is destined for more than his lowly classification in Vega's post-Extermination War society might indicate.
Tom Wisdom plays "Michael," the greatest of the warrior archangels. Scarred by millennia of battle, Michael is stoic, inscrutable and haunted. Instrumental in helping humanity defeat the angels during the Extermination War, Michael is now entrenched in Vega, using his superior supernatural abilities to defend the city's inhabitants from enemy attacks.
Alan Dale plays "Rysen," the general who led the humans to victory against the angels during the "Extermination War." Responsibilities weigh heavily upon him as ruler of Vega (once known as Las Vegas), one of four cities left standing after the war. He now finds himself negotiating politics in the heavily militarized city, maintaining calm over its stratified society and keeping a watchful eye on his daughter, Claire.
In terms of past credits, Christopher Egan starred as Captain David Shephard alongside Ian McShane on Kings, Tom Wisdom played Astinos in 300, and Alan Dale is probably best known for playing Charles Widmore on Lost. The show’s pilot is set to film next month in Cape Town, South Africa. [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.