The Divergent sequel has a new director. Amazing Spider-Man 2's viral site sets up B.J. Novak's character. Josh Schwartz talks bringing Chuck back. And does a set photo reveal Eric's fate on True Blood? Plus, new photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past! Spoilers now!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
According to Elizabeth Olsen, we shouldn't expect to see her in the Scarlet Witch's classic costume:
I don't think Joss ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those outfits. I am not a professional athlete and nor am I a model. Wearing those costumes wouldn't be fun for anyone who wasn't those things. He already had a different idea. It respects and involves the comic book character, but it's different. More rooted. It's for someone today... If someone walked around wearing what she wore in the comics, people would stop and say, 'What the hell… she thinks she's a superhero!'
Director Jose Padilha explained how certain lines from the original made it into the new RoboCop and what lines he hopes will have lasting impact:
Well, first thing that I wanted to say here is sometimes people have the illusion that the director's choosing everything. He's choosing the lines, he's choosing … the way I work, the way I worked in Elite Squad 1 & 2 and the way we worked in this movie, also because we had the rehearsal, is that there's freedom on set. People can change their dialogues and we changed dialogues several times. We changed scenes. There's a scene in this movie that I love where Dr. Norton is explaining to Sellars why RoboCop can never be as good as a machine. Just make this work like that, obviously I can't sell average. But that scene wasn't going to happen. The screenplay had no scene where Gary Oldman was in the same room with Michael Keaton. It didn't exist. It was a phone call from China. We were on the set, I looked at them and said, "You guys are here, you're Gary Oldman, you're Michael Keaton. I'm not going to do a phone call!" They would figure out how it happened.
But a lot of the lines that we have in our movie where … Everybody saw RoboCop over and over again, and so once, Jackie Earle Haley said, "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar." He just said it. I think it's kind of like soccer, and I suppose American football and basketball was the same. If you were the coach, and you have great players around you, good things will happen. And that's kind of how the lines that went in there, some of them were in the script, others were not. Others everybody, they just put it into the movie. And I hope some new lines like "Bad cop, RoboCop," "Why's America so robo-phobic?" will have their mark. I hope so.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Now that we know that B.J. Novak's appearing in this film as Alastair Smythe, the Daily Bugle tumblr has an article directly related to that character. It's called "Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship?" and here's the text:
Within a week of the announcement that the NYPD and the District Attorney's Office had opened an investigation into illegal activities and questionable medical practices at Manhattan's Oscorp Industries, sources indicate several of their top scientists have been asked to leave.
Reports cite the recent forced resignation of Dr. Spencer Smythe, the Director of Robotics, amongst others. He was seen leaving Oscorp Tower yesterday with a box of his personal belongings.
When asked to comment on the current employment situation of Dr. Smythe, Oscorp spokesman Donald Menken had no comment. Later in the day, Oscorp sent out a press release congratulating Alistair Smythe on his promotion to the Director of Robotics formerly held by his father. How Mrs. Smythe expects this will impact holiday dinners remains unknown.
This does fit in with an earlier article putting Spencer Smythe in charge, and his firing could be setting up the creation of the Spider-Slayers. This is probably laying the groundwork for a later film, since there's been no hint that they'd be showing up in Amazing Spider-Man 2. [via Coming Soon]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here are three new photos from Total Film. [Coming Soon]
The release date has been set by Warner Bros. for July 1, 2016. This movie has Alexander Skarsgard in the title role, with Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Jane, plus Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. [First Showing]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Here's the Total Film cover, featuring this film. [Coming Soon]
Actress Dolores DeLuce, who plays an innkeeper in episode 7.02, shared a photo of Alexander Skarsgard and herself on set. There are tiles in the background that may put this scene in season 7's Moroccan storyline. If so, then it seems like that's where Eric will turn up when the show returns. [True-Blood.net]
Co-creator Josh Schwartz said that, after Veronica Mars' successful Kickstarter, they did consider whether they could do the same thing for Chuck. Pressed on whether it's a real possibility by Entertainment Weekly, Schwartz said:
What is the possibility of this happening?
I mean, you're talking me into it right now.
Would you be interested in doing it?
Never say never. I'm very proud of the show. Obviously our fans were an incredible part of the show. We wouldn't have been able to tell as much story as we did if it wasn't for those fans eating all those sandwiches!
Schwartz also revealed one idea he had for how to continue the show:
I guess you gotta go movie, right? Although the Marvel/Netflix model is really interesting. Maybe we'd do it Avengers style, where you follow Sarah and Chuck on a mission, you've got Casey on a mission, you've got Jeffster on tour, and then the final season is everyone gets together.
Here's a response by Steven Moffat to a question about whether or not he's added too much sex to Doctor Who:
I never know quite what to say about this. Because they're both characters, and in my head they're both people. My God, if that's not sexualized, they're not having a very good time, are they? [Laughs] I mean, people talk about sex in Doctor Who — I heard someone say that to me, 'You've sexualized the Doctor.' I said, 'Where? In what episode? What great episode are you watching!?!' I mean, Matt Smith's Doctor in particular just flails in the presence of women. But at the same time, it's a fact of the canon of the show that the Doctor was a married man and had children. We know that he flirts, we know that he falls in love, we know that he has the full range of responses in that. The story of Doctor Who is that he's not a deity, but some people think he is, and sometimes he tries to live up to that. It's dangerous when he does. But we know, we know, because we've been watching the show. He's a man that can't drive his own time machine, right? He's a bloke. He's a bloke that stole a time machine and called himself the Doctor. He doesn't even try to seek out injustice, he just blunders around trying to go to lunch and, because he's a good man, tries to save people if it comes up that he has to do that. He's not a deity. He's just simply not. He's not human, but he's human in the other sense of the word.
That does leave open the question about how his "if that's not sexualized, they're not having a very good time, are they?" view will translate to Peter Capaldi's first season, doesn't it? [Life, Doctor Who & Combom]
Agents of SHIELD
Executive producers Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb say that they have a plan, with certain "tent pole" scenes and moments placed throughout the season. Bell also says that they allow room for surprises:
[The development process] should be surprising for us as well. If you can see where it's going all the way in the pre-planning, it won't be [nearly] as exciting.
Star Wars Rebels
The "Jedi cowboy" character, Kanan, was already announced, but we've got a few more details. Kanan's been living underground, trying to avoid being discovered and killed by the Empire. He still has his lightsaber, but doesn't use it to avoid getting found and has forsaken the ways of the Jedi. Rebels will show Kanan rediscovering himself as a rebellion forms against the Empire. According to executive producer Dave Filoni:
He's a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes.
Below's a better version of the original character video.
While the show's off the air because of the Olympics, there will be a digital series to bridge the gap between episodes. Here's the description of the series:
On the digital series for "Grimm," Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) gather their girlfriends for a Valentine's Day spa party, only to discover a Zieglevolk casting a love spell among the group. The four-part digital series, titled "Love is in the Air," directed by Chip Touhey and written by Nick Peet, debuts Friday, Feb. 14.
Vampire Diaries and Originals
The winter storm passing through Atlanta halted production for both series yesterday. They're only expected to miss the one day, but we'll see if it affects the shows more. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell