According to co-writer Alex Kurtzman, it's all building on a crucial idea from the first film. The latest Star Wars rumor suggests a Chronicle star could head to a galaxy far away. Joss Whedon drops tons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spoilers. Plus new videos for Gravity, Divergent, and tons of upcoming shows. Spoilers!
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Star Wars: Episode VII
Two more actors have supposedly met with the creative team for the latest Star Wars movie. David Oyelowo – who had supporting roles in The Butler, Lincoln, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, not to mention an upcoming role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – has reportedly read for a role, while Michael B. Jordan – who has received much acclaim for his work in Chronicle and Fruitvale Station and is rumored for roles in a number of big projects, including the part of Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot – has reportedly met with director J.J. Abrams himself.
As always, it’s best to treat all this with all due skepticism until we hear something more official – especially since these items are just actors taking meetings, which means they don’t even technically count as casting rumors – especially when there are still no details about what roles these actors might play in the movie. [Latino Review]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Co-writer Alex Kurtzman hints at just why his and Bob Orci’s script introduces so many new villains, including Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, and likely a few we still don’t know about:
Well, it’s interesting because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn’t answer them. So part of what we were drawn to and intrigued by was wanting to know the answers to a lot of those questions. So the villains emerge from the a lot of unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all, they are all tied together by a theme, an idea, and I think they come from our curiosity about what was going on in the life of Peter Parker and his parents.
Here’s the latest TV spot. [Coming Soon]
Under the Skin
Here’s an extended trailer for that movie in which Scarlett Johansson plays a seductive alien, or something. [First Showing]
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Here are some Chicago set photos, although it’s the sets appear to have been dressed to depict parts of China. [TFLAMB]
Here’s the latest behind-the-scenes featurette on the movie’s premise.
A photograph has surfaced showing what appears to be a call sheet for this year’s Christmas special, otherwise known as Matt Smith’s final episode. Three names are visible on the sheet: Jenna Coleman, which isn’t exactly a surprise; Nicholas Briggs, who voices just about every monster on the show, including the Cybermen, who are rumored to appear; and, most intriguingly, Irish actress Orla Brady, who is best known in genre circles for her work as Walter Bishop’s wife Elizabeth on Fringe. While we can’t rule out that this is a hoax of some sort, this seems like such a deeply strange thing to fabricate – I mean, who in their right mind would invent a fake call sheet whose big reveals are Nicholas Briggs and Orla Brady? So yeah, all things considered, it’s probably legit. [Bleeding Cool]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Co-creator Joss Whedon discusses the future of the show beyond the pilot – which he co-write and directed – as well as his role with the series going forward:
We have just started shooting again. Now it really starts because the pilot was a ton of fun, but the real pressure is can they keep it up? Can they find that heart? Can they get the big, epic stuff going? Episode 2 is a lot more frightening than episode 1.We’re still sort of jockeying through the different stories, but I’ve already read at least one script, just in its outline form, actually made me tear up. We’re just finding out who these guys are and just trying to mine that vein of how much they matter in this world where it seems like nobody but the heroes do… My influence is really at the beginning, the ethos of the thing, and then the various levels: outline, scripts, cuts. Obviously we’re working with some directors we’ve worked with before that we really trust and like.
Costar Ming-Na Wen confirms that the show will soon delve into the past of her character, Agent Melinda May, and why she left the field:
Oh, absolutely. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a character more, because she’s complex and she’s mysterious, but at the same time, I think she compartmentalized whatever it was that took her out of the field – and now that she’s back in the game, she’s back in the game. There’s definitely going to be opportunities when the audience get to see those small moments or that moment when you really see her become vulnerable. And that’s what’s so great about doing a television show is that we have the luxury of time to explore it. It’s a good novel, a page-turner.
Melinda and Coulson already know each other, but the rest of the team are all new to both of you. Do you get to touch upon that more?
Very much so. The relationship between each character, it gets intense at times, because you have to develop trust. You have to develop a sense of belonging with each other. Coulson has, what seems like, this haphazard group of people he’s brought together. It’s like, “Really? They’ve never worked together before.” There’s an age difference and there’s skill level experience differences and then he brings on this other character we don’t trust, Skye. Who is she? She’s a complete outsider! We question it, but at the same time we have to respect that these are the choices he’s made. So I think that inherently brings in a great deal of conflict as well as finding ways where we get to explore how they end up being able to work together.
She also explains how the writers balance procedural storytelling with ongoing plots:
I think that what’s so great is that writers are amazing in that they were able to find a great balance between making each episode stand alone – like you could just pop in on episode three and four and still be able to enjoy that episode. But I have a feeling you’ll then want to watch one and two and all the ones you’ve missed before. You can just watch that episode and enjoy it and know what’s going on, but at the same time, there is a through line of these characters working together and the story that develops as time goes on.
How much do your writers tell you about what’s to come?
Some of their backstories. And they will let us know if there’s something in particular that they’re going to require. Like let’s say, “Oh you, better shave, because you’re going to be in a miniskirt.” [Laughs] That’s about all they’ll tell us. We have to wait for each script like you guys have to wait for each new episode!
There’s still a bunch more at the link. [IGN]
Here’s a poster. [SpoilerTV]
Person of Interest
Here’s an interview with stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, followed by one with costar Kevin Chapman. [BuddyTV]
Here’s an extended trailer for the second season. [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here’s a sneak peek at the third season premiere. [TV Equals]
The Vampire Diaries
Here’s the description for the second episode of season five, “True Lies”:
MISSING PERSONS —- Without telling Elena (Nina Dobrev) that Stefan (Paul Wesley) is missing, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) turns to Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) for help finding his brother. Elena and Caroline (Candice Accola) try to find out who is covering up a campus murder, and a fellow Whitmore student named Jesse (guest star Kendrick Sampson) gives Elena some intriguing information about Professor Wes Maxfield (guest star Rick Cosnett). While Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) struggles to return to his old life, he continues to be the only person who can see and talk to Bonnie (Kat Graham), but he can't convince her that it's time to let the others know that she sacrificed her own life for his. After learning that Silas is searching for Katherine, Damon asks Matt (Zach Roerig) and Jeremy to keep her out of sight, but the situation quickly spirals out of control. Finally, Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) uses violence to make a point about her own agenda. Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Brian Young (#502).
The Tomorrow People
Here’s the official description for the series premiere, which airs next week on Wednesday:
THE UNKNOWN —- When Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) begins hearing voices and waking up in strange places, he starts to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People —- John (Luke Mitchell), Cara (Peyton List) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) —- a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People inform him that they are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra, led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino). Meanwhile, Stephen gets another surprise that leads him down his own path, which he hopes will help him uncover the truth about his father's (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, "Alcatraz") mysterious disappearance. Madeleine Mantock also stars. Danny Cannon directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti, Julie Plec and Phil Klemmer and teleplay by Phil Klemmer (#101).
Creator Simon Barry discusses what lies ahead in season three:
Well, Season 3 definitely has a major component of Freelancer activity and the mythology of the Freelancers, as it relates to the larger mythology of the show, the future and Alec Sadler. That’s going to be explored in a major way. We’ve always resisted the urge to throw too much, too soon at the audience. We will be using every hour of the 13 hours in Season 3 to explore our Freelancer mythology and take advantage of it.
What themes are you looking to explore for Season 3?
We definitely want to look at sacrifice as a theme. We feel that, in a lot of science fiction, there’s always a temptation to build in thematic storylines that resonate with viewers, not just using topical themes of politics and humanity and social studies, but also just the idea of larger thematic problems. Especially in time travel, every decision has a consequence. We always felt like we hadn’t really mined the notion of sacrifice to its full extent, given the world that we’re playing in. There are high stakes. It’s easy to avoid making those big decisions because, when you’re uncertain, you play it safe, but we didn’t want to play it safe anymore. We really liked the idea that people would make choices that had immediate impact and immediate consequences, and those choices could be wrapped up in an emotional wrapping of sacrifice, as opposed to selfishness or something else.
Do you have any significant new characters that you’ll be adding?
I don’t want to give anything away, but we have two very important characters that will be coming into Season 3.
There’s still a ton more at the link. [Collider]
Here’s a behind-the-scenes promo video.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.