The Wolverine director James Mangold reveals more key plot and character details, while a new video confirms the return of a certain character. Steven Moffat names more new aliens who will appear on Doctor Who. A Star Trek Into Darkness producer describes the film's use of 3D. The early buzz for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is very, very positive. Plus learn all about the characters of Syfy's Defiance. Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Walking Dead.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Here's a slightly different version of the most recent trailer.
Producer Bryan Burk discusses the movie's post-production 3D conversion:
We decided for Star Trek we wanted to make [the 3D conversion] special, which is why nothing you are going to see tonight is in 3D. It turns out that the process that we chose to use is significantly more laborious and precise than we ever imagined. We are literally going shot by shot and frame by frame pushing things further than they have ever been pushed. Our stereographer – the guy who is in charge of doing 3D – we regularly have these conversations and he says ‘you can't further than this, nobody goes further than this' and we say ‘go further!' So when the movie comes out we will have it in IMAX and in 3D – hopefully like nothing you have seen before.
Read more at the link. [Trek Movie]
The six-second teaser that we shared yesterday appears to confirm Famke Jannsen's cameo as Jean Grey in the film, as you can see below:
Here's a new promo photo for the film; you can check out a bunch more right here.
From the captions for the original gallery, here's director James Mangold on Viper, as played by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Sveltana Khodchenkova:
''As her name would imply, she's kind of snakelike. She likes to play with toxins. She's immune to toxins. She's kind of formidable... Viper views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There's kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold.''
Mangold also explains the movie's setup, which finds Wolverine acting as protector for Tao Okamoto's Mariko:
"At the time this movie opens, there's a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there's been a lot of kidnappings and extortion. So she's someone who's under threat.''
There's more at the link. [EW]
Director Gavin Hood discusses the look of the Battle Room:
"This is the high school football field, only it's in three dimensions. It's the size of a football field in all directions: up, down, left, right. And the idea is teams jump out from opposite ends of this amazing space and play this amazing game of 3D paintball, almost."
The Yahoo! article also includes this intriguing passage:
One deviation from the book is that in the original text the Battle Room is described as being a giant hollow cube. But Hood felt that to really convey the size and dimensionality of the space, it should be spherical. Hood said he then proposed, "What if we could see through? What if we could see out of the space, and we're moving around the Earth and turning at the same time?" He said he felt that would create "a really strange, disorienting experience," that would better capture the notion in the book that in space there really is no up or down.
The latest poster is below. Also, screenings have started, and there's some generally positive buzz for the film; Free Enterprise director Robert Meyer Burnett has tweeted some very positive things, and there's a roundup of early responses here. There's also a super spoiler-y description from someone who claims to have attended on the screenings; if you're interested in hearing a possibly true but also possibly false, extremely detailed description of the entire damn movie, then that's here.
Monsters: Dark Continent
Meanwhile, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards's first film, the indie sci-fi movie Monsters, is getting a sequel with a new director, specifically Misfits director Tom Green. The movie's cast reportedly includes Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, and Joe Dempsie, and here's a synopsis:
Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones' have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won. Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah's unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company - the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill. The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.
The film will reportedly be shot in Jordan. [Shock Till You Drop]
Showrunner Steven Moffat drops the names of more monsters we will meet in the rest of season seven, which kicks off this Saturday:
"We've got brand new monsters the Vigil and the Whispermen and a number of different things... the Mummy and some zombie creatures as well."
You can watch the full video interview with him below. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Game of Thrones
Here's a behind-the-scenes video examining the role of the Wildlings in season three.
Speaking of which, here's showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss on the particular challenges facing Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, as played by Rome's Ciarán Hinds:
Benioff: Of all the various kings vying for power, in some ways Mance has the greatest challenge. He wasn't born to be a king. He wasn't even born a lord. It's not a hereditary title, and he's not ruling over one homogeneous group of people. He's brought together these various tribes who speak different languages. What he's done is, in my mind, more impressive than what any of the other pretender-kings have done. In order to capture that on screen you need somebody who has that charisma.
Weiss: Ciarán has such an inherently regal presence on screen. It takes a certain kind of person with a certain gravitas and charisma to convince all those people to lay down their arms and put their differences aside and follow him … for us, that's what Ciarán brought. He just commands respect from others - they way people felt around him as a person - and that carries over into the performance.
Here's an intriguing if cryptic spoiler, courtesy of Zap2It:
When everyone's favorite fantasy drama returns for its third season, there are some Stark family reunions in store. In fact, even fans of the books may be surprised by seeing certain members of the Stark family on screen together, despite the fact that our wolves are scattered across the landscape of Westeros.
The Walking Dead
Here's a promo and sneak peek for this Sunday's season finale, "Welcome to the Tombs." [Shock Till You Drop]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Lacey."
Here's the description for the next two episodes, "Ghost" and "The Song Remains the Same", which air April 1 and April 8, respectively:
HEROISM, HEAVY HEARTS AND HEAVY WEAPONRY DRIVE THE REBELS ONWARD – A final act of heroism by one of their own saves the lives of the Charlie and the gang, but the loss devastates everyone and they must carry on with heavy hearts but increased resolve. Miles (Billy Burke) sets out on a mission with Nora (Daniella Alonso) to recruit his former Militia comrade, Jim Hudson (Malik Yoba) and enlist his savage killing skills. Meanwhile, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) looks for a power source and a way back into the heart of her daughter Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos). Rachel also attempts to elude the grip of Randall Flynn (Colm Feore), her ruthless former boss and ally of Monroe (David Lyons).
The Song Remains the Same
WHILE NEVILLE FACES PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL JEOPARDY, RACHEL STRUGGLES TO RESTORE THE POWER AND HER SELF-RESPECT - Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) faces danger and hard choices as Monroe (David Lyons) doubts his loyalty, he disowns his son Jason (JD Pardo) and gets captured by Miles (Billy Burke). Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) begin slowly patching their relationship only to be pulled apart again as Rachel suddenly embarks on a quest to restore the power and her self-respect. She must make a dangerous journey to the mysterious Tower as it holds her only chance at redemption. Also starring Zak Orth, Daniella Alonso, Colm Feore, Kim Raver, Malik Yoba and Derek Webster.
Here's a bunch of in-depth descriptions for the descriptions in Syfy's upcoming post-apocalyptic alien western, which kicks off in a couple weeks:
Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler)
Joshua Nolan is a former lieutenant in the Earth Military Coalition who fought in the alien conflict. Born prior to the Arks' arrival, he saw his comfortable life turned upside down when the war between the humans and Votans began. The conflict took its toll, and in the aftermath of Arkfall, he found himself a wanderer in a dangerous new world. There he was joined by Irisa, a young Irathient he raised as his own, and who served as his lone companion in the lawless badlands.
Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz)
Amanda Rosewater is the Mayor of Defiance. Every day, she uses her political wits to give this struggling town a chance for survival. Born in New York in 2011, Amanda shouldered a great responsibility at an early age, serving as a stand-in parent for her sister when their mother and father died during the Pale Wars. Adrift in a post-war world, Amanda eventually heard of a town where humans and Votans were attempting to coexist. She traveled to Defiance and accepted a job cleaning the mayor's office. Despite these humble beginnings, she so impressed then-Mayor Nicolette Riordon that, upon her retirement, Nicky appointed Amanda to finish out her term. Now, Amanda is determined to maintain peace in the community, an ambitious task in this deadly new world.
Kenya (Mia Kirshner)
Kenya is the beautiful spitfire who runs the NeedWant, the town's bar and brothel. Self-assured and dauntless, she has an unwavering devotion to the town that has inexorably woven her into many of its complicated affairs. Growing up, Kenya rebelled by making trouble and embracing her sexuality. When Kenya arrived in Defiance, she took up residence at the NeedWant, eventually becoming its proprietor. She has a keen insight into the needs of others, but a blind spot when it comes to her own emotions.
Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas)
An attractive Irathient woman, Irisa is Nolan's tacit second in command. Smart, independent and feisty, Irisa still struggles with the weight of her unusual upbringing. A drifter since birth, she only stays in Defiance due to the loyalty she feels for Nolan. Nolan has encouraged Irisa to leave behind her traumatic past. He rescued her at a young age, and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Stahma Tarr (Jaime Murray)
The wife of Datak Tarr, one of the most powerful men in Defiance, Stahma is beautiful and loyal, the perfect picture of a Castithan wife. Beneath the surface, however, lies a dark side that is ready to break from the traditional roles assigned her by her caste. Having met Datak during her voyage on an Ark, Stahma aided him in his business during the Pale Wars. When the fighting ended, the two found themselves among a group of migrant settlers and eventually settled in Defiance. There, Stahma plays the part of the dutiful wife while secretly harboring her own ambitions.
Datak Tarr (Tony Curran)
Datak Tarr is the primary figure in Defiance's underworld, running everything from gambling to weapons smuggling and organized crime. True to his Castithan ways, Datak is always on the lookout for opportunities that allow him to get his hooks into people so he can later manipulate them to his own ends. Born into a lower caste on his homeworld, Datak was a survivor who found his way onto an Ark despite his low standing. There he met Stahma, who admired his instincts, and the two became husband and wife. Once they arrived in Defiance, he used brute force and wits to establish a powerful business interest in the town. More than anything, Datak desires legitimacy and a better future for his family.
Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene)
Rafe McCawley is Defiance's richest and most powerful human – a mine owner whose family has been in this territory for generations. Raised by a tough-as-nails father, Rafe disobeyed his father's wishes and enlisted. After the Pale Wars, he took his wife and burgeoning family back to his home of St. Louis, now barely recognizable due to terraforming. He longs for the world as it was before the Votans arrived. As one of the founders of Defiance, Rafe has amassed a considerable fortune in the mining business, and now seeks to exert his influence and champion the advancement of his family in the town's political sphere.
Here's the synopsis for episode twelve, "Hail Hale":
Chaos strikes during a daring attack on The Dal, leaving the fate of one of the gang in the balance. Meanwhile, The Morrigan leaps on the opportunity to ignite the tensions between Light and Dark… catching Kenzi and Hale in the crossfire.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.