Why is the talking raccoon the heart of Guardians of the Galaxy?S

That's just one big hint James Gunn drops about his Marvel space opera. The latest castmember in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland hints at the movie's top-secret plot. Guillermo del Toro explains why Pacific Rim is nothing like Transformers, in case anyone actually needed that explained. All that, plus spoilers galore!

Top image from Ender's Game.

Iron Man 3

Here's six minutes of behind-the-scenes B-roll footage.


Guardians of the Galaxy

Writer-director James Gunn talks at length about his upcoming Marvel film. He starts by slightly walking back the recent rumors that The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker has joined the film as Yondu, although he still says Rooker is likely to have some role:

Michael Rooker is my very good friend, he was here visiting me in England and we were hanging out. He was here playing with my dog and having a good time. He's got a new, little Mohawk that looks ridiculous on him, but yeah, he's here and hopefully we'll get something going. Michael's been in two of my movies, we've done two movies together, two reality shows, a short film, so I don't think it would be crazy to think he would be involved in Guardians in some way.

He also discusses both the voice and the look of Rocket Raccoon, hinting that a casting announcement could be made soon:

I think there's – here's the thing: there are a lot of people who have a lot of ideas of who is right for Rocket Raccoon. Rocket Raccoon has been slightly different over the years, in the comic books, and within my scripts he is a very, very specific guy, and I think people are going to have to wait for a few weeks before they see.

Who would be your dream guy?
We'll have to wait for a few weeks to see. We'll get our dream guy, because a lot of people want to do it, so we'll get the person who's perfect for the role.

Because you were talking about filming real raccoons, weren't you?
We did. I've done a lot of studying with real raccoons, and we had real raccoons come in. We've done photography with them, I've played with raccoons, and fed raccoons, and dealt a lot with real raccoons to get some of the behavior down, because it's really, really important to me that Rocket Raccoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it's not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it's a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that's alone. There's no one else in the universe quite like him, he's been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.

There's more at the link, including general discussion of why he cast Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt as Star Lord and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. [Hey U Guys]


Man of Steel

Director Zack Snyder discusses his general intentions with the new Superman movie:

"I wanted the movie to be a big movie-going experience, full of action, full of emotion and full of the biggest super hero in the world. I wanted to give to the cinemas of the world a big, giant 'movie' movie. I've been a big fan of the character my whole life. He is the greatest super hero. There's no competition between super heroes, but if there was, he'd win."

[The Big Story]


Pacific Rim

Apparently Michael Bay said something about how all movies with giant robots fighting are rip-offs of Transformers, and this has since been construed as a veiled slam on Pacific Rim. Leaving aside the accuracy of... well, of any of that, it did generate this response from Guillermo del Toro:

"We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion. For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison. The fights don't occur in well-lit, supercool, car commercial-looking environments. They occur in the middle of a raging sea storm or in a savage snowstorm. They happen in a universe that is incredibly saturated."

[The Hollywood Reporter]


Ender's Game

Star Asa Butterfield discusses Ender's relationship with Ben Kingsley's Mazer:

Ender has always had his theories about Mazer before he meets him in the film and at first, as anyone would be, everyone thought he was dead or missing and they hadn't heard of him since that battle. So it was a massive shock to Ender seeing him, but he was…he's like a role model to him. It was a really big deal for Ender. I think Graff (Ford), who's used to being in control of things and the powerhouse, is almost overrun by Mazer's influence on Ender, so it's a really interesting dynamic between my character, Harrison [Ford] and Sir Ben in those scenes.

He also describes how challenging the shoot was and one of his favorite scenes:

It was really a really physical shoot. We had a lot of training and rehearsal to prepare us for it and what it was going to be like. There was wirework, as you said, but not only that. There was a lot of marching and running and fighting, just a lot of physicality in the film. I'll start with working on the wires. It was … not only are you hanging from a harness which is not the most comfortable thing to be wearing, but to be able to pretend to be in zero gravity – which requires very fluid movements – whilst not letting your body hang limp – which requires you to be completely tensed up – it's really difficult, especially when you're reading lines as well. So it's saying things while not acting like your whole body's tensed up hard and then you're just floating there for hours on end.

Did you have any scenes that were your favorite to shoot or that you're looking forward to seeing on screen?
One scene that I really remember is a scene with me and Hailee [Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian]. We're in the Battle Room. She's hit her head on one of the floating objects. I've jumped out … I've disobeyed my orders and jumped out to catch her. When I hit her, we start spinning. Of course, in zero gravity, there's nothing to slow you down. We're just rotating in mid-air for like an endless amount of time just hanging on. To imitate this, they had this thing they called the "hamster wheel" which me and Hailee were both strapped to. We're holding hands, facing each other and they rotated us doing front flips over each other pretty much. Meanwhile, we're acting out lines; it was hilarious. Not only did we get really dizzy but it was really funny to do.

There's plenty more at the link. [Collider]


Tomorrowland

Raffey Cassidy, who played the young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, has reportedly been cast alongside George Clooney and House star Hugh Laurie in the top-secret sci-fi project from The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird. Here's the complete description of what to expect from Cassidy's character, per Heat Vision:

Cassidy will play a young girl robot who has been around for decades. Also a key factor: She knows several fighting styles. She has a previous relationship with Clooney's character, a bitter inventor.

[Heat Vision]


Doctor Who

Here's a sneak peek clip from tomorrow's episode, "Hide." [Blogtor Who]

And here are movie-style posters for the three subsequent episodes, "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS," "The Crimson Horror," and Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode, "Nightmare in Silver." [Doctor Who News]

Why is the talking raccoon the heart of Guardians of the Galaxy?S

Why is the talking raccoon the heart of Guardians of the Galaxy?S

Why is the talking raccoon the heart of Guardians of the Galaxy?S

Here's the description for "The Crimson Horror":

There's something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower's Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There's something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it's up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!

[Blogtor Who]


Once Upon a Time

Co-creator Edward Kitsis discusses the season two endgame:

"We said at the beginning of this season, ‘Magic is coming and it always has a price’ — and we’re going to see that at the end of this season... We’re going to see a new chapter in the Rumple/Belle story that we’ve never seen… we’re going to see an Evil Queen and Snow White story that we’re excited about… and we’re going to get some backstory on Baelfire and Captain Hook. You’re going to see all the core characters front and center... [Tamara] is a person from this world. She is from America. She is not going to be revealed to be someone else. For us what was interesting was, with the curse gone, what happens when the outside world comes? Who has been looking for this place?"

[TV Line]

Emilie de Ravin talks some more about her role in this week's episode as Lacey, Belle's latest alter ego:

[Regina] gives me a different memory. That memory is that I'm this girl, Lacey, who dresses quite scantily, she hangs out most of the time at the Rabbit Hole playing pool and doing shots with her friends. She's a very free-spirited girl. She's a nice person. There's nothing mean or cruel about her. Neither is there any sort of — she's not an unpure person. Even though she dresses the way she does, she does that just because that's how she feels comfortable. She's not the kind of person who cares what other people think in a good way.

Why is Regina doing this?
The whole reason that Regina did that is because how is Lacey going to fall in love with Mr. Gold. Regina's like "Ha Ha, she's never going to fall in love with you." So, obviously, that's a new adventure so to speak to get Lacey to fall in love with him and then he can bring her back hopefully to Belle.

There's more at the link, including lengthy discussion of the ever-evolving relationship between Belle and Rumplestiltskin. [BuddyTV]


Arrow

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg hints at just what sort of truth Tommy will reveal to Laurel in the May 1 episode, "The Undertaking":

"People should be wondering what that truth is... Not every truth is about the plot; sometimes these truths are emotional, and they can be just as powerful as the mechanics of what’s happening in the episode.”

[TV Line]


Hemlock Grove

Emilia McCarthy discusses her role on the upcoming Netflix horror series:

I’d say that Alyssa is probably one of the most typical teenagers in it, compared to the other ones, I think. She’s definitely a heightened typical teenager, but in a way she is kind of relatable even though she’s definitely out there. Both twins are definitely out there. Definitely, they’re comic relief for sure.

What can you tease about what’s coming up this season, and specifically for your character?
There is a lot more of the comic relief kind of. I feel like our characters, right when there is that suspenseful moment and it’s all mystery, there’s a lot more mystery that’s going to happen. I feel like our characters just give a lot of that sort of different, kind of switch to the show. It’s a tricky thing to do because the show is dark and mysterious, and then us twins are kind of like a lighter kind of aspect to it. But I think that it gives a different kind of vibe to it, which I think is good.

[TV Equals]


Beauty and the Beast

Here's the description for "Date Night," which airs May 9:

CAT AND VINCENT VENTURE OUT TOGETHER IN PUBLIC — Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) go on a date out in public in an attempt to be a normal couple, which backfires on them. Meanwhile, Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) reveals some information that gives Cat hope they can find a cure for Vincent.

[KSiteTV]


Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.