Orphan Black's creators talk abo0ut what's next for Cosima. Two very familiar names are in contention for the title role in Doctor Strange. The Terminator's looking damaged on the Terminator: Genesis set. And Once Upon a Time's casting its versions of Frozen characters. Spoilers now!
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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Looks like it'll be a busy week for the production. Both Man of Steel Fan Page and Batman News say that this week will see the shooting of a major military scene with extras. Batman News also says that June 12 and 13th will see filming inside this movie's version of LexCorp. Their sources say that LexCorp, fitting in with the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor, is envisioned as a young, "edgy," Silicon Valley-style company. [Batman News]
Latino Review has a number of supposed plot points that they believe are solid enough to report. They are:
There will be a female villain. Over 50% sure she's a Sith. I'll follow up on this in later weeks.
Despite having 30 Years after Jedi to set one up, there is NO New Republic at the start of Episode VII.
Boba-Fett-similar armor is around. Probably not for the man himself. Mandalorians? Clone drama? Still unclear on a plot/character connection.
John Boyega isn't a Jedi or a Padawan at the beginning of the movie, he's the one that has the story arc that brings him into Star Wars' greater universe. It has echoes of Luke's arc in A New Hope.
As always, grain of salt for anything unsourced and unconfirmed. [Latino Review]
And in super-important news, Mark Hamill revealed that he's growing a beard for Episode VII. [Twitter]
Hunger Games: Mockingjay
At a roundtable, screenwriter Peter Craig discussed how Mockingjay the book became the two-part film:
You can't just make a film as myopic as Katniss becomes in some parts of this book. But that was an opportunity and not a drawback at all.
We still stayed very Katniss-centric and she still completely drives the movie, but the fun thing is that we get to mash her arc with what's happening in all of Panem. And we get to show parallels in other districts. Suzanne was helpful with building out moments or things that are mentioned in maybe just a sentence or two in the book.
Reports have it that the filming of the last Hunger Games movie is "pandemonium," with cast members, including Michelle Forbes, getting injured on set. [Fox 411]
In the May 2014 issue of Manhattan Magazine, Kate Mara talked to an interviewer about playing Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four, saying:
I really loved [director] Josh Trank's take on it, and I'm a fan of his last film, Chronicle, which was like an anti-superhero movie — really dark, which is what I like. I like things that are rooted in reality and that are dark and not what you expect. And I think that that's probably what Fantastic Four will be.
Two more names are being added to the list of possibilities for the title character: Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch. [Deadline]
While there's been some talk about introducing Gambit in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, Channing Tatum is pressing for a full-on standalone movie:
We've talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the 'hero, superhero movie.' Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He's a thief. He walks on the gray. I'm hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.
I Walk With the Dead
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's next movie will be the "women-led horror" film I Walk With the Dead. [Sci Fi Now]
Max Martini (Pacific Rim) has joined the cast of Spectral, a film following Special Ops forces deployed to fight supernatural beings in New York City. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger on set. [Arnold Schwarzenegger for president 2016 Facebook page via Coming Soon]
Guardians of the Galaxy
On Facebook, James Gunn posted a bit about how the 3D and IMAX versions of the film will take advantage of those technologies:
Just got out of working on the Guardians cut for IMAX 3D and I'm unbelievably excited about it. Guardians of the Galaxy has been planned as a 3D film from its very inception. Yes, if you see the film in 2D, you'll get a full experience. But the 3D experience promises a little something extra. Unlike many directors, I've been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it's spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy. 3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D.
As an EXTRA benefit for those who see the film in IMAX 3D, we will be changing aspect ratios throughout the film in a way that makes the experience even fuller and more encompassing. I've personally chosen all the places where the changes occur and, again, I love how it's coming along. The changing aspect ratios in this case are actually a part of the storytelling.
Just wanted to share some of this stuff with you guys since I haven't had a chance to talk about the 3D much. Hope you're all having a great day. Hi!
Here's a TV spot:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Here's another promo:
MTV's got a good compilation of what we know about the show's final season so far. Including that a major character will die in the first few minutes of the premiere, Sookie's dishing out "verbal smackdowns" while her mind-reading ability gets more painful, and that there's a very fan-pandering moment in episode 2. [MTV]
And here are descriptions of episodes 7.03-7.06:
Episode 7.03 - Fire in the Hole
Sookie hatches a dangerous plan; Pam looks to motivate Eric.
Episode 7.04 - Sick of Goodbyes
Sookie enlists a band of vampires and humans to track down the H-Vamps.
Episode 7.05 - Return to Oz
Sookie hosts a mainstreaming party; Eric and Pam head to Dallas for a fundraiser.
Episode 7.06 - Karma
Sookie makes a shocking discovery; Eric and Pam forge an unlikely alliance.
Creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett talked about the introduction of new clone Tony:
FAWCETT: It was interesting shooting that episode, because day 1 of shooting Tony, everyone knew what we were doing now because everyone had seen the script, and I remember waiting on set for her to arrive and it was very, very quiet. I've never seen the crew that quiet. And when she showed up there was excitement, but very quiet excitement. It was dead silent on set that day. Because there's a lot of respect from the crew towards Tatiana, towards what she has to do, and this just commanded that much more respect.
MANSON: I don't think we ever looked at it as risk. We looked at it as, okay, if we're going to do this, we're going to do it from exactly the right place creatively and story-telling wise and we're going to commit 100%. And as long as we move forward with our hearts in the right place, hopefully the sexual politics rise above it. That's sort of how we approached the storytelling, too. Throw the character in and treat the character exactly like you'd treat anyone else, and give them their dignity and respect.
They also talked about what's happening with Cosima:
FAWCETT: The treatment that she's getting from Kira is a band-aid at best. As we'll see, there may be more treatment options coming, but what she is getting at this point is not enough to counter the effects of what she's been inflicted with.
MANSON: And the bottom line is, her situation is getting more dire and is advancing fairly rapidly. And this is the ticking bomb that we talked about way back when. But there is very much a ticking bomb, a ticking clock, on Cosima's life. This is just a more aggressive, visceral display of what it might be to come if they don't solve that problem.
And here's the promo for episode 2.09, "Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done." [via SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
No clue if this means that Kristen Bell, who previously seemed open to showing up as her Frozen alter ego on Once Upon a Time, won't actually be showing up, but casting is underway for the show's take on the animated characters. They're looking for an Elsa to show up in 9 episodes and for an Anna and Kristoff to appear in slightly fewer episodes. [TV Line]
Jeremy Sisto has joined the cast as Peter, a psychologist who runs a grief support group for those struggling with the losses of a bus accident from four years ago. Also joining the cast are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sandrine Holt, and Agnes Bruckner. Winstead's Rowan is the girlfriend of late-and-then-returned musician Simon. Holt will play Julie, "a competent compassionate doctor who is struggling in her personal life." Bruckner's role is as the sheriff's chief deputy. [Deadline, Deadline]
Here's an extended trailer for the show:
Here's a longer trailer for season 4. [via TV Line]
Here's a featurette for Starz's upcoming series:
Here's a promo called "Only God":
Under the Dome
Here are a bunch of videos for the upcoming return of Under the Dome:
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer