Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"

Bryan Singer explains why X-Men solo spin-offs are taking so long. J.K. Simmons explains why his Terminator: Genesis character has a big future. And it looks like we're going to get tons more flashbacks to the Horseman's past in Sleepy Hollow. Plus, Sharlto Copley explains the animation process for his character in Chappie. Spoilers now!

Top image: Sleepy Hollow

X-Men

Speaking with Sci Fi Now, Bryan Singer spoke "defensively" (his own word) about the comparisons between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox's Marvel properties:

It's not healthy for us. I'll tell you why: they're both comic-books and at some point you can expand the universes, that's where the comparison ends.

The Marvel universes – particularly Avengers and Iron Man – are… and it sounds defensive, and it is defensive, but only because people make comparisons between [X-Men: Days Of Future Past] and The Avengers, which is ludicrous.

The Avengers is a mash-up of massive single character franchises of incredibly familiar characters and Iron Man. And did I mention Iron Man? Oh, and by the way – Iron Man.

They are huge, colossal franchises that are peppered with all these other characters that are, again, extremely famous and so yes, Fox will at some point synergise [the X-Men] characters and that process is slowly beginning, but it's very different than taking movies that gross close to a billion dollars and then pushing them together into these giant broad movies....

It's very different universes. The appeal is different and to try and do the same thing… this in an 'inbetweequel', OK, of two ensemble films, Avengers and the Marvel movies are individual franchises based on major characters that's why there are some Marvel characters in Avengers that don't have their own movie, because I don't know if they had their own movie anyone would be that interested.

We're the bastard stepchild of the comic-book universe, you can go to my mom and she knows who Captain America is but you try and explain to her who Deadpool is? She doesn't even know the Hulk – 'You know, the Hulk! Green! Big guy!' – so Gambit?

It'll have to be a different process, it's doable but it's not any way comparable.

Basically, it sounds like he's pointing out that Marvel's bringing together characters from solo films into a big team-up, whereas X-Men is a team franchise with few household names beyond Wolverine. So creating solo spin-off movies is more challenging. You can argue whether or not that's accurate, especially given his emphasis on Iron Man. [Sci Fi Now]

While the film apparently only hints at the familial connection between Magneto and Qicksilver, Cinemablend just straight up asked Michael Fassbender if Quicksilver was Magneto's son. Fassbender's answer was just the word "Yes." See more cast interviews at the link. [Cinemablend]


Star Wars

In addition to J.J. Abrams' video for charity giving us the first look at an Episode VII alien, we've also got confirmation that they're filming in Abu Dhabi. "We were very excited to start the filming of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' in Abu Dhabi. It has been an incredible place to commence this journey," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. [Latin Post]


Terminator Genesis

J.K. Simmons says that his part'll be smaller in Terminator: Genesis, but it's supposedly bigger in future movies. They're clearly planning way ahead on this one, we'll see if it actually works out that way. Simmons also heaped praise on the script and director Alan Taylor, saying:

I was leery of it when it first came my way, when my agent sent me the idea for it. It's a small part, which they insist gets much bigger in the sequels. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the script itself.

This, I think, is a reimagining. They don't want to call it a sequel or a reboot. It's the world that James Cameron created with Arnold [Schwarzenegger, obviously]. All the leading characters are characters who have existed in that world – the character I play is new to it.

The script, I think, is very smart, and it's going to be a wonderful part for Arnold to do. Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are already shooting – we did a table read a few weeks ago – and all of them are going to be great.

lan Taylor is a wonderful director – I got to work with him on Oz a couple of times – so I'm optimistic that this can be one of those films. Y'know, it's a big action franchise, but it's also going to be a really intelligent, entertaining, enjoyable film.

[Empire Online]


Interstellar

Co-star Jessica Chastain praises the human quality of this film, saying: "To me it's a beautiful film because it's a metaphor, too. There's more than just outer space. It's very emotional." And she says she tried to understand the science in the movie:

I'm playing a character where I should know certain things, so I try tried to do what I could. I mean, your brain either works a certain way or it doesn't. My brain is more like an artist's brain, not a science brain. But I had conversations with [theoretical physicist] Kip Thorne, which were really cool. He's one of the most famous physicists. I don't know if I'm allowed to say this, but he works in a certain types of space studies. He was on set, and I rue the day I did not get a photograph with him. That's one I would really have liked.

[Vulture]


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Being interviewed at the premiere for the new X-Men movie, Jennifer Lawrence blurts out that they just filmed the death of Boggs, which we already saw set photos of. [Mockingjay]


The Fifth Wave

The Chloe Moretz-starring film is based on a novel about a young girl searching for her brother and surviving four waves of alien attacks. Along the way, Moretz's character meets a young man "who may become her final hope." That role is apparently going to be cast soon, as Variety reports that Tye Sheridan (Mud), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), and Mitchell Hope (Disney's The Descendants) are all testing with Moretz this weekend. [Variety]


Chappie

Sharlto Copley says that Chappie will be a smaller film than Elysium, and gave a few details about his character:

I think we're finding our stride now on this third film, sort of going back to a smaller style of filmmaking. I'm doing the lead again... I'm playing a light character… A child-like robot, which is great. He only gets to about nine years in his emotional development. I got to run around in one of the most dangerous cities in the world being a child. It was awesome.

He also talked to Coming Soon about the process of animating the character over his performance:

The part that's blowing my mind is that they're animating over my movements. So they're using absolutely everything I do in a sort of poor man's motion-capture style. I was never sure how this would translate, but the amount of me that is in the character is incredible... It's quite an amazing experience because you've created something totally different now. All you've had to focus on as the actor is the behavior. The essence of this being not all concerned about their appearance, which you normally would be concerned about as an actor.

. . . I can see in a little sequence if there's half a second that there's a stunt guy [instead of me]," he says. "I can tell that it's the stunt guy from the animation. I can tell that it's the stunt guy there, because he moves slightly different than me. Because the performance is movement-based. The audience won't see it, but I see it.

[Coming Soon]


Edge of Tomorrow

Here are three new clips delving into the exo-suit worn by Tom Cruise's character in Edge of Tomorrow. [Science Fiction.com]


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Not too surprising, but the film will get an international IMAX release. [Coming Soon]


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Here are a couple of character posters — more over here. [Slashfilm]

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"


Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Here are three new TV spots and a "viral" video called "Keep Earth Human." [First Showing, Transformer World]


Sleepy Hollow

We already heard that season 2 would explore the motives of the Headless Horseman, which is reinforced by the news that Neil Jackson, who played the Horseman's human incarnation Abraham Von Brunt, will "heavily recur," in season 2. [Deadline]


The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly the next season opener will be one of the most action packed:

"There's been a lot more secrecy on set," says Kirkman. "Just because any images that get out of any kind of things that are seen do in a sense spoil that cliffhanger, so we're trying to keep things a little more tight this time around. There's always people crowding around where we're filming and trying to get spy spots of what we're doing and stuff, but for the most part we've been able to avoid that. This is the first time we've really finished a season and gone back to the same place for the next season, so that's kind of cool."

While the pacing slowed a bit in season 4 as we got smaller, more personal stories, Kirkman confirms that due to the cliffhanger of Rick and company being trapped inside train car A by the possible cannibals of Terminus, that the action will definitely be heightened when the show returns for season 5. "I think this show works best with a cycle or ramping up and ramping down," says Kirkman, "and lulling people into a sense of security and speeding things up and keeping them on guard. I will say that we definitely start this season in an up cycle, whereas last season we definitely started the season in a down cycle. So we're certainly changing things up in that respect and we're gonna kind of hit the ground running this season."

[EW]


Game of Thrones

The crew is reportedly scouting for locations in the Andalucia region of Spain for season five. While the article doesn't reveal what location will be represented by Spain, book readers can surely make some guesses. [Entertainment Weekly]


Revolution/The Messengers

J.D. Pardo's Revolution character, Jason, apparently died against the actor's wishes. However, he won't be off television for long, as he'll be in the CW's The Messengers. Here's Pardo talking about Jason's death and his new character, Raul:

I didn't want to die off the show. I loved the cast; I loved the show. I still believe in the show. But, it happens.

[Raul's] an undercover agent in Mexico. He's been on a mission for five years, and he's lost in the drug cartel, and he's about to be executed. He is saved by his agents at the last minute, but something funny happens: The agents want to clean the whole situation; that means getting rid of Raul. But in that moment he's touched by God, and he is reborn with a gift: He can hear your thoughts. It hurts him at first, which I love, because not like all of the sudden I hear it. It's a painful thing. It's a great cast, great concept, sci-fi, apocalyptic, with a spiritual element.

[K Site TV]


Bitten

Canada's Space network announced that they've ordered a 10-episode second season of the werewolf show. [Shock Till You Drop]


Dominion

Here are the character descriptions for Syfy's angel show:

Alex Lannon| Christopher Egan

Abandoned by his father, Jeep, at a young age, Alex became a soldier He rose through the ranks to join the Archangel Corps, an elite unit responsible for the protection of Vega's aristocracy. Through his assignment to House Riesen, Alex developed a secret relationship with Claire Riesen, daughter of the Lord Of The City (General Riesen). Often rebellious, Alex tries to balance his sense of duty with his need for freedom.

Abandoned by his father, Jeep, at a young age, Alex became a soldier He rose through the ranks to join the Archangel Corps, an elite unit responsible for the protection of Vega's aristocracy. Through his assignment to House Riesen, Alex developed a secret relationship with Claire Riesen, daughter of the Lord Of The City (General Riesen). Often rebellious, Alex tries to balance his sense of duty with his need for freedom.

Michael| Tom Wisdom

The Archangel Michael, a legendary warrior throughout history, was the only angel to take humanity's side during the Extermination War, turning against his own kind. Always inscrutable, Michael has watched over Alex his entire life, but is just now beginning to understand the complexities of having such a close relationship with humans.

Claire Riesen| Roxanne McKee

Daughter of General Riesen, Claire is next in line for her father's position as Lord Of The City. She is beloved by the people and always does her best to watch out for the city's lower classes despite her sheltered and privileged upbringing. Although she is in love with Alex, Claire is torn when her father insists that the only way to help the city of Vega move past the caste system she hates so much is to marry William Whele.

Gen. Riesen| Alan Dale

General Riesen led humanity in the Extermination War twenty-five years ago, and today leads the city of Vega as Lord Of The City. A paragon of strength and duty, Riesen helped build Vega, and imposed a class system as a way to keep order and ensure the city's survival.

David Whele| Anthony Head

As the Secretary of Commerce, David Whele is the chief administrator of Vega and the second most powerful leader in the city. A ruthless and cunning political operator, the ambitious David is always on the hunt to keep or grow his power... by any means necessary.

William Whele| Luke Allen Gale

The son of David Whele, William is Vega's Principate. Specifically, he's the religious leader of the Church of The Savior, the religion that has grown since the Extermination War all based around the concept of "The Chosen One." Kind hearted to his flock, he is very much in love with Claire Riesen and welcomes their betrothal, even if he admits it is a political move by their fathers.

Arika| Shivani Ghai

The beautiful and wily wife of Queen Evelyn of Helena, a distant and mysterious fortified city, Arika arrives in Vega as part of a negotiating party. A stranger in a strange land, she shares a clandestine relationship with David Whele.

Sen. Becca Thorn| Rosalind Halstead

As one of General Riesen's consuls in the Senate, Becca Thorn is one of the most powerful leaders in Vega, overseeing all scientific and medical personnel in the city. She acts as confidant to General Riesen; a close friend to Claire Riesen; and carries on a forbidden affair with Michael that involves stronger feelings than even she may be comfortable with.

Gabriel| Carl Beukes

Michael's scornful, jealous brother, the Archangel Gabriel is the leader of the angels in the war against humanity. Though a more colorful personality than Michael, Gabriel is full of hate for mankind and wants nothing less than to wipe them out entirely.

[SpoilerTV]

And here are a poster and a trailer. [Den of Geek]

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"


True Blood

Here's a season seven poster. [Den of Geek]

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"


Doctor Who

Here are more photos from the filming at Port Talbot. [South Wales Evening Post]

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"


The 100

Go here for more photos from episode 1.11, "The Calm." [K Site TV]

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"


The Originals

Filming for season 2 is under way, and go here for more photos from the set of the premiere. [SpoilerTV]

Robert Kirkman Says Walking Dead Season 5 "Hits The Ground Running"

Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen