Plus check out some rumored Batman Vs. Superman art and find out who might be playing a major hero in that film. Bong Joon-ho's talking about every cast member of Snowpiercer, Scott Gimple explains how Camus influenced this season of The Walking Dead and Cobie Smulders confirms that Maria Hill will be in Age of Ultron. Spoilers ahead!
Bong Joon-ho spoke to Twitch about each member of the cast.
On Song Kang-ho (Namgoong Minsu) and Ko Ah-sung (Yona):
I was very lucky in the case of my Korean actors, Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-sung. We know each other very well, we are partners. I suggested this movie to both of them in 2009, even before I started writing the adaptation. "Let's take on the train, but perhaps you have to wait maybe 2 or 3 years," and they both said "Okay I will wait." It was that simple.
On both Jamie Bell and details on the character Bell plays, named Edgar:
Jamie Bell was recommended by my casting directors, Jenny Jue and Johanna Ray. With the character of Edgar, there is some hidden secret story between Curtis, Chris Evans' character, and Jamie Bell in the movie. When Edgar was very young, some tragic thing happened, and the funny thing is every audience in the world remembers a very young Jamie Bell because of Billy Elliot. It's outside of the text but that is very helpful for this movie. In this movie we can see only the older Jamie Bell, but the audience can imagine and remember his childhood because of that other movie, because he started as a child actor. It was a really brilliant idea by our casting directors.
Most interesting is the section on Chris Evans, who was apparently fascinated with the fight scene in Memory of a Murder, and Bong Joon-ho was not really keen on him:
Anyway, he loved Memories of Murder but frankly speaking I had some kind of prejudice against Chris Evans. I thought of him as some kind of typical American hero type of actor, but Jenny did a really wonderful job, she told me to watch the movie Puncture, a very character-driven independent film. In that movie Chris plays a very sensitive, delicate lawyer, but a drug-addicted lawyer. In the movie Chris was very different from Captain America.
. . . Chris is a supporting role, but it's a very unique story about a serial killer based in the 1970s. He has very long hair, he is very unique in that movie.
He already did those very different kinds of job in the movies, but in Snowpiercer we needed very strong action from Curtis, but at the same time Curtis has a very dark and sensitive background story and some very traumatic experiences. We needed a very delicate aspect of Curtis, and Chris Evans was perfect for that.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Superhero Movie News managed to get a still of the first look at Agent 13 in the trailer. [Superhero Movie News]
Batman vs. Superman
At a fan event, Zack Snyder refused to confirm or deny rumors that they'd be returning to the Kent family farm and said that he'd like Hans Zimmer to return to score this film. He also said this cryptic comment:
Lex loves calling him an alien.
Which could be a nod in favor of the rumors of Luthor being in this film or just a comment on that character. [Coming Soon]
And, on the heels of the rumors that Dick Grayson would show up in the film, comes the first casting rumor: Adam Driver (Girls) is supposedly the frontrunner to play Nightwing/Grayson in the Man of Steel sequel. [Coming Soon]
Concept artist Jock has posted a few shots of work he's doing on his Instagram. One rumor is that it's for an upcoming Superman book he's working on. The other, probably less likely to be true but more interesting, rumor is that it's concept art for the Man of Steel sequel. He was a concept artist for Batman Begins, Dredd, X-Men Days of Future Past, and (most relevant) Man of Steel. The photos posted include art of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (who has been rumored to be in the sequel). [Unleash the Fanboy]\
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cobie Smulders has confirmed that she'll be in it as Maria Hill. Well, sort of. She told the Calgary Herald:
I think I'm in 'Avengers 2,' but it is very top secret. I hope I'm in Avengers 2. I didn't get my invitation yet. Well, actually, they know I'm in it but they don't know to what degree I'm in it.
I am really excited to read the script because they are introducing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into the Avengers universe and the bad guy is going to be very interesting.
So it sounds like she'll be in it, but the extent to which we'll see her as Maria Hill is not-yet determined. [First Showing]
Amazing Spider-Man 2
Here are three new images, including my brand new favorite: Fireman!Spidey. [Slashfilm]
This character poster of Zoe Kravitz as Christina was released with the tagline "I'm used to just saying whatever is on my mind. Mom used to say that politeness is deception in pretty packaging."
And this one, showing Jai Courtney's Eric, had the tagline "His face is pierced in so many paces I lose count..." [The Daily Mail]
Here's a new poster:
And here are two new images. One's a poster and the other an "ad" for the ED-209. [Comic Book News]
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
The sequel will pick up four decades after Daniel Radcliffe's Arthur March went to Eel Marsh House in the first movie. Now, it's a group of children and their teachers who have been evacuated from London during World War II to the house, where they awaken it's "darkest inhabitant."
Director Tom Harper said:
There's such a fantastic history of British horror films and it's great to be continuing the story of Susan Hill's vengeful cult character. Jon Croker's script is haunting and powerful and I'm delighted to be working with such a great cast and crew to bring it to life.
Below are the first photos from the production. [Geek Tyrant]
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
A bit of art from a trade show depicts Optimus Prime, with a sword and shield, riding the Dinobot named Grimlock. It's probably for a toyline, but fingers-crossed that this will actually happen in the movie. [Transformer World]
Director Carl Rinsch says his 47 Ronin turned a historical event into a fantasy film:
That's the historical event. We went to the site. It's fantastic! You can still go there and pray today. That's that. Then there's this thing called "Chūshingura," which is the tradition of the storytelling of the "47 Ronin." That means Chūshingura is not just a historically accurate story. It's taking it and making it your own. There's been the "Hello Kitty Chūshingura." They've told the "47 Ronin" with all women.
. . . For me, when I first looked at it, I went, "Oh, wow, this is hallowed ground. I don't want to trespass on it. I don't want to f*ck up a national, iconic, story, but then I started realizing, "No – that's the fun of it, is to make it your own." And what (screenwriter) Chris Morgan had done from the very beginning was to say, "What if you made some of the samurai story a fantasy?" And so we just leaned into that and invested that. "Okay, what are some of the fantasy characters I, as a westerner never heard of?" I mean I knew of Kirin Beer, but I can't imagine a real Kirin or Tengu Warrior. I never knew what a Tengu Warrior was, and the more I looked into it, the more I saw that the myth and the fantasy of Japan had more characters in it than Marvel could ever have in their entire menagerie, so I thought, "Okay, this is an opportunity to do something totally, totally different, so our version of "47 Ronin," our "Chūshingura" story, is going to be a samurai fantasy epic. I thought, "That's cool. I haven't f*cking seen that before. Great! Kurosawa on meth. I'll do that!"
He also said that they're going to mix real, practical effects with CG
Instead of doing it like "300" and make it very much shot on a stage with a big green screen, we said we're going to opt for everything. We're not going to say that this just has visual effects in it and we're not going to make what could be a boring period piece. We're going to do everything. We're going to have the big sets, we're going to have the big costumes, we're going to have the big real action sequences, and we are going to have CG augmentation, CG environments, CG characters, and CG fights as well. And you will never be able to know where the scene is. Hell, I think that shot this morning, traditionally I would look at a shot like that and say that's a CG shot, because it looks unreal. One of the things that happens with 3D is because it's plainer, it almost feels like a composite. So we keep watching these shots, thinking nobody is going to believe that we really shot that. Nobody is going to believe we really built all those sets.
A ton more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Disney CEO Bob Iger told Bloomberg a little bit about the plan for the new Netflix series announced last week:
These will be well-produced series that will take production investment to deliver the kind of quality we've promised to Netflix. From an economic perspective, the kind of money we'll be getting paid is something that makes sense to us given what will be the investment in production.
[via Comic Book Resources]
Agents of SHIELD
Here's a synopsis for episode nine, "Repairs":
When a mysterious force threatens to destroy Coulson and the team, a secret from Mary's past could save them.
As none of the characters on the show are named "Mary," I think that's supposed to be "May," meaning Ming-Na Wen's Melinda May. Or maybe it is a new character named Mary. [SpoilerTV]
This week's episode, "The Hub," will have Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand. Marvel describes her role as:
Victoria Hand is the next phase of the fans' S.H.I.E.L.D. experience — a strong, ruthless woman who will do anything to get the job done. She and Agent Coulson will have a power play.
They also released three photos of Burrows as Hand, which are below. [Screen Crush]
The Walking Dead
Showrunner Scott Gimple weighed in on the Rick vs. Carol debate, and he thinks they're both right:
Because Carol was the one saying "You have to start making decisions." He did what she wanted him to do, which was step up, make a decision. But more so, every episode has had something taken away from Rick that he had achieved at the beginning of the season when we first saw him. One of those things was making those brutal decisions. He didn't want to do that. They have a council now. He was out of that business. And this illness has just been taking things away from him every episode. And that was one of the big things, that he had to go back to doing that. Clara told him "You don't get to come back from the things you've done." And he doesn't get to be the kind of guy who takes his son's gun away. He gave that gun back to Carl in episode 2. He doesn't get to be the type of guy who raises pigs and farms. No, he had to kill those pigs. He had to burn part of that farm. He doesn't get to be the type of guy to say, "Well, glad I don't have to make that decision." No, he has to be the guy to make that decision.
If this was debate club and I had to debate either Rick or Carol's side, I would feel confident — very confident — that I could represent either party very well. And I love seeing people making great arguments on both sides. I love that. A huge part of this show is people asking, What would I do? which leads to the question: Who am I? Who am I at the end of the day when it all goes down?
He also said that the decision to focus so much on the virus came first from listening to Camus' The Plagueand then thinking about real world problems:
And from The Plague my mind just drifted off to The Walking Dead. I was like, man, that's a cool book and that's a pretty cool idea. So there was that, and it was in my mind and I was thinking about how in third world situations, things break out — cholera and dysentery and bubonic plague. Then I had taken a trip to Edinburgh shortly after that at the end of the season to visit my wife's family and there was this tour underneath the city and there was a lot about the bubonic plague and how it had broken out, how it was treated, and how they burnt the bodies. And it all sort of came together with the theme of safety in this place. It was just one of those things where you're like "Oh, wow, that could be cool."
It's part of the zombie milieu — this communicable way of dying and becoming a threat. But it's weird. It exists in this life with things like bird flu and pandemics in general. You mix that in with a zombie apocalypse where it just accelerates the problem where first you're a threat because you could make somebody die and that person becomes a threat by dying and then coming back. So it seemed very much in line with the stories we were telling. And it facilitated certain things in the comic, as you saw. Certain things in the comic that I wanted to get back to.
American Horror Story: Coven
Rejoice, everyone: Ryan Murphy's asked Kathy Bates and Angela Basset to return for season four, and it sounds like they want to. Murphy said:
I have approached them and they wanna do it. That's very exciting when you can work with A.) actresses you've always idolized and B.) those two are loving this season. They love what they get to do. Kathy Bates sent the writers a basket of plush toys all in the shapes of disemboweled organs. It doesn't get better than when an Oscar winner sends you a grab bag of stuffed pancreas to say 'Thank you and job well done.'
Back to this season, Ryan Murphy spoke with Entertainment Weekly and confirmed that we'll be seeing more Myrtle, explained how we will know that there's a new Supreme, and what's going to happen to Fiona's health as the season progresses:
So this is not the last we've seen of Myrtle?
Oh God, never! I love the shot of Misty approaching and Myrtle's blue eyes opening up. Myrtle has to have vengeance on that Fiona. She is the one of all of them who is the most invested in saving that coven and doing the right thing, so she comes back in a major way. But she was very strict and by the book and I think after being burnt at the stake, it does sort of make you be sort of be like, "You know what about the rules? F— it. I'm gonna do what I wanna do." So we will see a quite unhinged, dangerous Myrtle. Fiona is just making enemies at every turn. So that is all building to a head.
At the end, we see Zoe use her power to trump Marie Laveaux. Does that mean Zoe is the Supreme?
Well, you never know who the Supreme is until they do the Seven Wonders. So there's a lot of candidates. Not till that episode will you really get an answer to that.
Will Fiona's health be getting worse as the season progresses?
That is what happens with a Supreme. Once the new Supreme begins to manifest all her powers, she drains the life-force from the old Supreme, and that's why Fiona has this cancer that no spell or witchcraft can cure. So the question is: What can she do to stop her reign? She's tried to kill Madison, and that didn't work. She either has to find some way to get healthy or kill the next Supreme, all of which is the next few episodes
He also previewed this week's episode, "The Axeman":
I wanted Jessica's character this year to have a great romance, and I really wanted her to have a great love affair. If you look at the character of Fiona, the only person I think she could be with was someone as dangerous and wild and sexual as she was. That was the jumping-off point. Then, I've always been very interested in the Axeman mystery of New Orleans. Marie Laveaux, Madame LaLaurie, and The Axeman all have this crazy thing in common where they had this reign of terror and then they disappeared. Nobody could really prove that they died. So the next episode is about that person and that myth, and we show you what happened to him and his reign of terror, and we show you how he did die. Then it's all about that person beginning this sort of thing with Jessica, and Danny Huston was obviously a great actor and my first and only choice, because I just thought he could really go head-to-head with Jessica and have this great chemistry. And indeed they do. Danny Huston and Jessica Lange have ended up being the Macbeths, which I quite love. They just wanna get drunk and f—. That's all they want
In addition to Murphy's hints, there's the fact that Marie Laveau's angry that her zombies were stopped, but she's obviously not one to give up. Instead, she'll be making a "very powerful and surprising" ally later this season. That ally could, in fact, be the undoing of the coven. [E! Online]
Here's a description of episode eight, "The Sacred Taking":
Cordelia rallies the girls in the fight to stop Fiona; a dangerous new enemy puts Misty in the cross hairs; the rivalry between Marie Laveau and Delphine comes to a head.
Once Upon a Time
A new photo from later this season seems to indicate that, at the very least, Rumpelstiltskin makes it back to Storybrooke. And it looks like Peter Pan makes his way there, too. [E! Online]
Here's a clip of the confrontation between Tyler and Claus from this week's Originals/Vampire Diaries crossover episode. [via Hollywood Life]
Here's a sneak peek for the same episode, which is called "Bloodletting." [via SpoilerTV]
Revolution has added a recurring character in Connor, who is described as "sexy, charming, a little cocky and a lot dangerous." Mat Vairo, from Switched at Birth, will play Connor. [Deadline]
November 22nd's episode, "A Shot in the Dark" will guest star Danny Masterson and Kris Lemeche. Here's how Syfy describes the episode:
Danny Masterson (Men at Work, That '70s Show) and Kris Lemche (Joan of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer) join the cast of Syfy's popular series Haven as guest stars in the episode airing Friday, November 22 at 10PM (ET/PT).
In the cross-over episode, titled "A Shot in the Dark," Haven's season-long social media storyline makes the jump to the small screen when the Darkside Seekers, a duo of paranormal investigators who star in their own low-budget TV reality show, pay the town of Haven a visit to investigate reports of a murder victim missing a heart. The Darkside Seekers are on a mission to expose Haven's secrets after hearing numerous tales about the Troubles and the strange, hushed up occurrences that have been plaguing the town for years.
Masterson portrays "Anderson Harris," one half of the Darkside Seekers team. He's the man behind the camera – more comfortable tinkering with the equipment than with the idea of seeing a ghost. Anderson may be skeptical about the paranormal, but nothing stops him from keeping the cameras rolling if there's even a remote chance of capturing evidence of the supernatural on tape.
Lemche plays "Seth Byrne," the host of the Darkside Seekers TV show. Seth is a true believer who has dedicated his life to the search for absolute proof of the supernatural. Feisty, funny and fearless, he refuses to let anyone – no matter how intimidating or official – stand in the way of the truth he seeks to reveal.
And here's a sneak peek at episode 4.10, "The Trouble with Troubles":
Episode 9.14 will be called "Nowhere To Go But Down." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at episode 9.06, "Heaven Can't Wait."
Person of Interest
Here's the official description of episode 3.08, "Endgame":
THE WAR WITH CRIME ORGANIZATION HR NEARS A BOILING POINT AND THE MACHINE KICKS OUT 38 NUMBERS AT ONCE, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, NOV. 12
"Endgame" – The POI team's war with HR nears a boiling point when Finch receives 38 numbers at once from The Machine. He discovers they are connected to an unknown player who is inciting an all-out war between the crime organization and the Russian mob. Meanwhile, a window into Carter's past is seen through flashbacks with her son's father, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Nov. 12 (10:01 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.