Joss Whedon reveals what Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will bring to The Avengers 2, while Edgar Wright explains why he’s waited so long to make Ant-Man. Aaron Eckhart really wants you to know about the hardcore stick fighting in I, Frankenstein. Plus Karl Urban previews Fox’s new robot cop show Almost Human! Spoilers alive!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Man of Steel
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video for Zack Snyder’s Superman movie. [@BurnettRM]
The Avengers 2
Writer-director Joss Whedon explains what new additions Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch – sans their Magneto-based origin story, per Marvel’s rights agreement with 20th Century Fox – will add to the sequel:
“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”
Check out the link for a little more from Whedon on how Tony Stark will fit into the sequel after the events of Iron Man 3. [IGN]
Edgar Wright explains why he chose to direct Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The World’s End before tackling his long-awaited superhero film:
“I actually made the choice to make Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End before this one. And Ant-Man is such a big special-effects film, it’s almost like the further it goes on, the easier it is to do, in a way. I feel more confident now, but I can’t talk about it too much because I get superstitious. I just feel like I don’t want to jinx it… I’ve learned a lot in the last five years, and now I’m ready to do something big and crazy. Or, I should say, small.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains why he wants to include the Sorcerer Supreme in Phase Three:
“I would love Strange to be a part of that only because he’s a great character. He’s a great standalone character. He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting… I think there’s any number of actors who would be chomping at the bit to play this guy.”
Kevin Feige also explains why development stalled on an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s acclaimed comic:
“It’s a matter of where it fits. The way the business is working now, you either have really inexpensive, sort of surprise movies that can come out and be hits, but don’t cost much. Or you have the big giant summer blockbusters that really swing for the fences. Right now, we’re just swinging for the fences every time. Runaways sort of falls in between those, in a way. We just haven’t found where or how to do it – right now… I’d love to do it someday.”
The World’s End
Star and co-writer Simon Pegg discusses the music choices in his and Edgar Wright’s apocalyptic follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz:
All music that isn’t score in World’s End was released between 1987-92. Edgar and myself had a blast delving into our music collections for the right period tracks. We put together a playlist that we would listen to whilst we were writing. We wound up with a bunch of stuff, some of which we were listening to at the time and other stuff that we might not necessarily have been into but has since become somewhat classic. Everything from Primal Scream to Kylie Minogue.
He also suggests that just about everyone you liked in the team’s first two films will be back for this one:
Edgar and I decided that everyone who had been in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz would be back for this film, even if only fleetingly. Our main actors we had our eye on from the start, to the point where we would write their real names in the script which would help us write dialogue specifically for them. We were very lucky getting the cast we wanted and there were no problems assembling the final Cornetto gang, there are newcomers too, one huge one that I think people are really going to dig.
A casting call for extras appears to give away a couple casting tidbits, as it reveals Mark Wahlberg’s character is named Flynn Vincent and Glenn Morshower is back as his namesake, General Morshower. [Examiner]
This quote from Aaron Eckhart about his post-apocalyptic, demon-fighting Frankenstein movie doesn’t really offer any new information, but I just kind of love that Eckhart’s major talking point for this film is apparently going to be that Frankenstein’s monster is a hardcore Kali stick fighter:
Talk about a tough movie! Wow, that movie was hardcore! We did Kali stick fighting in the movie. It was serious. That’s coming out in January. It’s a movie about Frankenstein, so I had the scars all over my face and back. It’s a big action movie. He’s a Kali stick fighter. I had no idea it was going to be as hardcore as it was. I trained very hard for it, but we put everything into that movie. We’ll see what happens.
World War Z
Iron Man 3 actor James Badge Dale discusses Brad Pitt and Marc Forster’s upcoming, much-delayed zombie movie, in which he has a supporting role:
I saw it. The movie looks brilliant. It looks beautiful. I know there's been a lot of talk about production issues, but that really got blown out of proportion. When we were working on it, we knew we were working on something very special. I'm really happy with the movie and happy with the way it came together. I saw it at 11 in the morning and people were jumping out of their seats at 11 a.m., so I think that's a good sign. I don't know much about testing and everything, but that passed my test.
Are you a zombie fan at all?
I am. I'm not a rabid fan of anything, to be honest with you, but I am a zombie fan. [George] Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead" is probably in my top 10 list. I think it's a cool genre and I really wanted to be ... To get to work on this, be part of the genre, it was really exciting for me. I jumped at the chance.
Here’s what I’m fairly sure is the first ever joint interview with Matt Smith and David Tennant, the two Doctors featured in the 50th. It’s mostly just nice to observe the two chatting, although they do confirm that their Doctors share scenes in the special. They also indicate that the 10th and 11th Doctors have a friendly relationship and don’t bicker nearly as much as previous multi-Doctor pairings like the 2nd and 3rd Doctors – then again, nobody could bicker as much as the dandy and the clown.
I feel like we’ve sort of known this for months now, but the BBC has officially confirmed that season eight is indeed happening, and Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Steven Moffat are all returning for it. There’s no word on how many episodes there will be in this series – I mean, 13 plus this year’s Christmas special would be customary, but it’s not confirmed – or when exactly they will air. [BBC]
Game of Thrones
Costar Maisie Williams discusses all that’s going on with Arya:
I think when she was with Tywin (Charles Dance) at Harrenhal, she had heard that Robb was going to attack. I don't think she heard about [Bran and Rickon] yet. She's only ever had little droplets here and there, so she's kind of got to make up the middle bit. I think she's just trying to get home and find out for herself what's really happened. She's kind of reluctant to believe anything because so many people are not loyal.
We know Arya hates The Hound, but how does he feel about her?
I think he kind of admires her a little bit for how determined she is. But he really is like, "Why are you making everything so hard for yourself? Why don't you just stop fighting me and let me take you home?" I think that maybe she should keep her mouth shut more because she's getting herself into more trouble when there's lots of people trying to help her. I think she cares too much about little things for that to happen.
Arya has lost two friends. First, Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) decided to stay and bake for an inn. Then Gendry wanted to stick with The Brotherhood before they gave him away. Does Arya feel abandoned?
I think so, yeah. Ever since Gendry found out about her being highborn, I think she thought they always looked up to her. Then she realizes that they're not really very in awe of her at all. It's like, "Oh, cool. Well, I would rather stay here and bake stuff," or "I'd rather stay here and fix armor." She really does feel abandoned. She felt safer with them as well, kind of a little family away from family. Now she's really on her own. For so long, she convinced herself that she doesn't really care. Now that it comes down to it, she's kind of like, "Oh, it would have been nice to stay with these guys, and they're choosing to leave me." It's a bit of rejection, I guess.
There’s still plenty more at the link. [TV Guide]
Under the Dome
Here’s a new, extended promo. [TV Equals]
Star Trek actor Karl Urban discusses his starring role in J.J. Abrams’s latest TV show, which was recently picked up by Fox for the fall season:
I wasn’t particularly looking to do television but, I got a call from J.J. and he told me about this project. I read the script and thought it was really interesting. I really responded to the character and I felt that, if I turned it down, I would probably live to regret that. It’s set 46 years in the future. It’s about a human detective who has partnered up with a synthetic, a replicant, a robot, to use an anachronistic term. It really explores that point in humanity where we realize collectively that the genie is out of the bottle, with regards to technology, genetic engineering, and all that kind of stuff. I’ve found that to be fascinating fertile ground.
We posted some set photos from production. Were you surprised at the interest and response just from filming the pilot?
Yeah. I certainly think that J.J.’s involvement is gonna generate that kind of intrigue. While I wasn’t totally surprised, at the moment, we’re hoping we get to explore those characters and deliver this. I think it will be absolutely phenomenal.
The Vampire Diaries
Showrunner Julie Plec says it probably won’t take long for everyone to discover Stefan is actually Silas:
Truth be told, I don't think it'll be too long. I think that there's more fun to be played with people learning quickly, but independently of the other so there's a lot of good bait-and-switch Katherine-style stuff that could happen early in the season. And people that know Stefan well will be able to catch on pretty quickly I would hope.
Can you confirm that Elena was herself and not Silas when she said she was in love with Damon?
Well put it this way, if it wasn't Elena, then that means Stefan/Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder made out. I think a lot of fans would've been happy.
Will there be a time jump next season?
Definitely our intention is to pick up the beginning of the season as everyone is making their preparations to go to college or whatever it is they're going to do.
Here’s a sneak peek at tonight’s episode, “The Sky’s the Limit.”
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.