James Gunn shoots down every possible Nova rumor for Guardians of the Galaxy and shares a photo of Yondu. The Star Trek 3 writers talk about how they hope to honor the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Mad Max is going to be dialogue-light. And Mark Ruffalo shares his thoughts about Planet Hulk. Spoilers now!
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Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn is shooting down all the Nathan Fillion rumors AND any assorted Nova rumors at the same time:
Nathan Fillion is not Nova. There's so much bullshit on the internet. I woke up – first it's 'Nathan's Nova!', then there are articles all over saying Nathan's Cosmo. It's like, 'What?!' Nathan's role is a very small cameo that I wanted to give to Nathan because I love working with him and I think it's lucky for me to have Nathan in all of my movies. At the same time I wanted to give him something where Nathan could have a larger role in the Marvel Universe if either Joss [Whedon] or I or whoever chose to do that in the future. Which I would love to do. I would love to give Nathan something he could really chew on, but it didn't work out on this movie for two reasons. Number one — because he was shooting Castle. And number two, because it just wasn't the right exact role for him.
You won't see the Nova character in the film. You'll see the Nova Corps.
James Gunn also took to Facebook and posted a teaser image of Michael Rooker as Yondu. Said Gunn in the post:
Michael Rooker onset as Yondu. You'll be seeing more of him soon. Yondu was not in the original script. I added him and wrote the role specifically for Rooker. I wasn't sure Marvel was going to go for either idea, so I was relieved when they responded enthusiastically to both.
Star Trek 3
Trekcore has an interview with writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, who seemed to think that they don't have to re-envision an existing Star Trek plot for this next one:
J.D. Payne: Well… we're trying to make the best Star Trek movie we can. That's probably the easiest way to answer that one. The first two films did really, really well, and they really brought Star Trek to a much larger audience. It sort of expanded the tent a little bit out into pop culture, and put it out into the public consciousness a little more than it might have been with the previous incarnations.
The first two have now set us up to be out on the 'five-year mission,' to go out and have the coolest adventures we can come up with.
... Patrick McKay: The 2009 film is very much an origin story, and Into Darkness is very much the "Okay, we've got the team together, but they're still young, let's have them face a really formidable threat" sequel – and that movie ends with them going off on the five-year mission out in space, so that points to where the next one would go.
We're very much thinking about a movie that would stand alongside the first two, in a general sense, but more specifically, I would say that in working with our wonderful co-writer Roberto Orci, it began very much as a conversation. "Well, what would you guys like to see in the movie?" "Is there an area we all want to explore?" Nothing was off the table – all along, it's been about the coolest, best movie we can write. There's no sort of requirement saying we have to do this or that, I think it's very much been a blank canvas.
J.D. Payne: What we keep on coming back to is the basic credo of Star Trek, that opening prologue you hear at the beginning of each Original Series episode. That's our mantra for what we're trying to accomplish here.
They also made clear that J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are still guiding the development of the third film, and that they don't feel that they've lost him to Star Wars. Finally, the authors talked about the responsibility of taking on Star Trek as it enters its 50th anniversary year:
Patrick McKay: Well, look at Skyfall – that was an anniversary movie, like a 50th anniversary movie, and it was of course very successful and very well liked. I didn't know anybody who didn't really enjoy it, and what was cool about that movie is that it felt like the 'ultimate' James Bond film.
While it wasn't necessarily overly-reliant on references to previous Bond movies, I think it ties into what you were asking earlier about if Trek 3 is going to be a standalone tale. I think the idea of doing an 'ultimate' Star Trek movie for the anniversary year is a really nice ambition to have, but...
J.D. Payne: (laughs) We're really not trying to talk ourselves up too much here!
Patrick McKay: That's why I said 'ambition!' (laughs) It's going to be the best Trek movie we can think of.
In the Entertainment Weekly Mad Max cover story director George Miller talked about what his vision of the film was, with few digital effects and little dialogue:
I wanted to tell a linear story — a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes. In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.
Miller also revealed that he wanted to design the whole movie with images instead of words, so, for the first time in his career, he didn't write a script and instead storyboarded every frame of the movie in 3,500 panels.
A year after filming was completed, the cast reunited on an Australian soundstage for nineteen more days of filming for a sequence that bookends the film. Miller insists this filming was always planned, but he wasn't able to get it on the set in Namibia. He got the extra filming time because Warner Bros. agreed that the film needed it after seeing a rough cut. [EW]
People keep asking Mark Ruffalo about doing a Hulk movie and Ruffalo keeps answering. This time, he was asked about adapting the Planet Hulk story:
They launch Bruce Banner into space to try to get rid of him and the Hulk. He ends up freaking out, smashing up the spaceship, and it goes off course and ends up on this planet of gladiator creatures. He falls in love, has a Hulk baby … and then the Avengers nuke the planet.
I don't think ['Planet Hulk'] is the way to go yet. I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators.
See the interview at the link. [MTV]
Filming began on Monday in the UK on Warner Bros.' latest take on Tarzan, which stars Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and directed by David Yates. [Coming Soon]
We know a bit more about the finale, which will apparently involve Osgood (Ingrid Oliver), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), UNIT, and the Cybermen. And here's a photo from the set. [via Blogtor Who]
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And added to the guest-star list for the upcoming season is Michelle Gomez (Bad Education, Green Wing) who will be playing the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere.
Gomez said that she was "thrilled" to be joining Capaldi and Steven Moffat said, "I've known Michelle for years, and I'm thrilled to welcome her to Doctor Who. She's everything we need - brilliant, Scottish, and a tiny bit satanic."
The Last Ship
Rhona Mitra spoke about the tension between her scientist character and the Navy in the show:
It's completely expected to have more than a little bit of tension when you're dealing with the fate of the human race and two very steadfast, very different backgrounds, neither of which understand each other. The motivation that the captain of a ship has is to take care of his crew and to be on mission. When he's not exposed to the mission which is a much greater mission than his own, which is one that one woman is harboring, it's hard to not think of one person as being an albatross to his ship. So it's about working around and realizing and having the ship and the captain realize that you're the dove and not the albatross. It's a lovely dance that we play out really with one goal which is a unified goal which cannot be about ego. It can't be about government. It can't be about what everyone has learned before and your credentials and your stripes and your credits.
... [A]t the end of the day we're really just left as who we are as human beings in a skin and a shell. And the rest of it is all for naught when you're dealt a catastrophe like this. It's a humbling place to be. As this show moves on, the armor falls off, if you like, and the people are exposed, which is what I find to be most enchanting.
And here's the promo for episode 1.03, "Dead Reckoning":
At the link, there's a clip from CBS' new series. [Entertainment Weekly]
In an interview, Daegen Fryklind talked about the new season and what we might see:
Well, we keep saying we should work in more flashbacks to bring back Paulino (Antonio) who was just amazing to work with as well. He was hilarious. If we could do the half hour comedy version of this, it would be starring Paulino. Yeah. But we're moving ahead and to different story avenues so.... We do think about that though. Where are the flashbacks to bring those guys back.
Q: Will there be flashbacks to Clay's childhood and his time in the swamp?
It's possible that we'll go into that story aspect this season as well. Yeah, because we wanted to be able to go into a few of our backstories for our characters and really sort of expand our audience's knowledge of who they are, where they came from.
As for which characters will get more development, Fryklind said:
[W]e have Joey and Jorge definitely in mind because they help fill out the pack. So we have some story areas and episodes that we have them in mind. Because we haven't been breaking season two for very long, we're doing a kind of odd drywall, spackle, drywall, spackle – like we're kind of moving forwards and backwards at the same time to make sure that everything logically with our mythology is making sense. So we know how our core pack is playing within that and then have our wish list of other people that we'd like to bring back in this season. So, we're looking for areas for Joey and Jorge and hopefully they'll land.
More at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Here are the descriptions for episodes 7.03-7.05:
Episode #73: "Fire in the Hole"
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: July 6 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 7 (11:30 p.m.), 8 (12:15 a.m.), 9 (8:00 p.m., 12:35 a.m.) and 11 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: July 7 (9:00 p.m.), 10 (4:20 a.m.), 12 (9:00 p.m.) and 13 (8:00 p.m.)
Sookie (Anna Paquin) hatches a dangerous plan to take down the H-Vamps, even as Vince (Brett Rickaby) and his armed vigilantes pose an equally serious threat. Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets high with James (Nathan Parsons); Jason (Ryan Kwanten) eyes a family future with Violet (Karolina Wydra); Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) is forced to find a new place to stay; Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) sheds her past. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) offers Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) a compelling reason to return to Louisiana – and be the vampire he used to be.
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Lee Rose.
Episode #74: "Death Is Not the End"
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: July 13 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 14 (11:15 p.m.), 15 (12:15 a.m.), 16 (8:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 18 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: July 14 (9:00 p.m.), 17 (3:40 a.m.), 19 (9:00 p.m.), 20 (8:00 p.m.) and 31 (3:00 a.m.)
In the aftermath of yet another bloodbath, Sam (Sam Trammell), Sookie and Jason find themselves the bearers of bad news in Bon Temps and beyond. Pam recalls the events that led her and Eric to Shreveport and Fangtasia. Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) get nourishment from unexpected sources. Following a new lead, Sookie enlists a band of vampires and humans to track down the H-Vamps.
Written by Daniel Kenneth; directed by Gregg Fienberg.
Episode #75: "Lost Cause"
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: July 20 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 21 (10:30 p.m.), 22 (midnight), 23 (8:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 25 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: July 21 (9:00 p.m.), 24 (2:00 a.m.), 26 (9:00 p.m.), 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 31 (4:00 a.m.)
Exhausted from her recent travails, Sookie finds herself the unwilling host of a festive mainstreaming party in Bon Temps. In search of an elusive adversary, Eric and Pam head to Dallas and attend a gala fundraiser. Andy (Chris Bauer) makes a life-changing decision; Jessica and James reach a crossroads; Bill loses himself in remembrance of human days.
Written by Craig Chester; directed by Howie Deutch.
And here's the promo for episode 7.03:
Here's the description of episode 4.05:
Episode 4.05 - I.E.D.
Scott, Stiles and Kira participate in their first Lacrosse game; Lydia looks to get help controlling her powers.
Here's the promo for episode 2:
Here's the promo for episode 1.12, "Ashes to Ashes":
Here's the promo for episode 4.03, "Exodus":
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen