What do Avatar 2 and Transformers 3 have in common? Mythos, apparently. Bill Murray talks Ghostbusters 3. There's a Captain America synopsis. Matt Frewer is going viral on Supernatural. Plus Tron, Scott Pilgrim, Doctor Who, Caprica, Chuck and Lost spoilers!
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner hints the sequel might show a bit of the original Autobot-Decepticon war, and life on Cybertron. Or at least, we'll delve back into the robots' roots, and include more elements from their established past:
What we're really doing is getting back to some of the core character development and storytelling. And I think there's some elements of the core story that the filmmakers, Michael in particular wanted to tell. He's really well-versed in the Transformers lore. So I think you'll see, you know, less bedlam, more characters.
And yes, Shia and Megan are back, of course. [MTV]
James Cameron still hasn't signed on to direct the sequel, but he says it shouldn't be called Avatar 2 at all, since Jake is no longer an avatar. "Maybe we'll call it Na'vi." He also says the sequel will emphasize the spiritual nature of the Na'vi even more than the first one did:
I think we can see that there's a greater receptivity to it on the part of the audience than certainly the studio originally imagined. We pared back on it a fair bit in the first film, and I think we can go farther in that direction and not alienate people.
And he says he wouldn't let anyone else direct the second movie, but he might use that film to train his replacement, someone who could direct Avatar 3 — except that it wouldn't be called Avatar 3, of course. [Sci Fi Wire]
A casting call gives a synopsis of this film, which is pretty much what you'd expect — but at least it doesn't mention anything about him being a USO entertainer:
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment... Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by 'vita-rays.' Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.
Five sequences from this film will be rendered in a 1.7:1 aspect ratio for Imax showings instead of the regular 2.35:1 ratio, allowing more of the picture to show up on the top and bottom of the screen. [Slashfilm]
Once again, Bill Murray says he'll only be in this film if he's killed off in the first reel, and apparently the writers have found a way to make that happen. Mostly, he gives the impression he's not very interested in doing this movie. [Slashfilm]
Edgar Wright explains how the movie will depart from the graphic novels:
It stays pretty true to volumes one and two. And three. After three volumes, it starts to take its own path, but very much within the spirit of the book - and approved by Bryan as well. ... There are some things that are in the film that are actually from Bryan's original ideas before he wrote the books. [So] there are some things in there that refer to older ideas which he didn't end up doing.
New star Matt Smith explains how he sees the Doctor:
He's an intergalactic genius, a superhero-ish, mad, fumbling, bumbling science geek. He's everything you can pluck from any universe and put into him.
And he says the Doctor is an "addict," because "if he stopped saving the world, he'd be in real trouble." [Telegraph]
Max Headroom himself, Matt Frewer, will guest star as Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen. Says Sera Gamble:
Our first brush with him in Episode 520 seems relatively innocuous and then unfolds into something more substantial. Put it to you this way: Horsemen on our show tend to think several moves ahead.
Here's the official synopsis for Friday's episode:
Rival industrialist Tomas Vergis arrives on Caprica demanding a meeting with Daniel, threatening to reveal proof that Daniel stole the chip that is key the U-87 Cylon, and Graystone's military contract. Vergis whirls up a publicity storm that steals the heart of the Caprican public, and surprisingly serves up a friendly offer to Daniel that could save Graystone Industries. But there's a catch to his proposal that could haunt Daniel for years to come.
Clarice, panicked that off-world STO leadership has been backing a rogue named Barnabas, steps up her plans to acquire Zoe's avatar program and may find her answer through befriending Amanda. Meanwhile, wanting to fulfill her own promise to Zoe, Lacy goes with Keon to meet the enigmatic Barnabas, opening herself up to a new world of danger.
After the revelation that the avatar of his daughter Tamara is still lost in V-World, Joseph starts his quest to find her in a virtual world he knows nothing about.
You can see the first clip of James Marsters from Friday's episode, at the link. [Chicago Tribune]
here's another promo for upcoming episodes:
Another clue about who finds out Chuck's secret: It gives Awesome someone to confide in. But the secret is dangerous and could get this person killed. [E! Online]
Michael Emerson teases Ben's flash-sideways, which we'll see more of next week:
You will see members of Ben's family in his flash sideways, but none of those relationships are the same as you're accustomed to them being," Michael explains. "Familiar faces, but everything's a little bit tweaked ... all the same puzzle pieces exist in both realities. They're just scrambled differently.
Doesn't sound as though Sarah (Julie Bowen) is the mother of L.A. Jack's son David, judging from Bowen's reaction to the question. And yes, the issue of the two timelines and how they connect won't be resolved until the very end, by the sound of things. [E! Online]
Here are some set pics showing a figure in a tunic sitting on the beach with a figure in black — plus a woman in a white Tshirt, who's believed not to be part of the actual scene, but an acting coach or something. Jacob and MIB? Hard to see from the blurry pics. [SpoilersLost]
And here's some video:
Here's another sneak peek from tonight's episode, which was shown at Paley Fest over the weekend. (Sorry for the shakey cam!) [The ODI]
Additional reporting by Josh C. Snyder.