The writers of Tron Legacy explain why they had to tell the story of Sam Flynn. The original Hulk is going to appear in The Avengers. A Warehouse 13 star is visiting No Ordinary Family. Spoilers for all ages!
Bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the 70s TV show and voiced him in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, revealed he will be involved in Joss Whedon's team-up movie, although he hasn't seen the script and doesn't know what his role will be. It's possible he will have a cameo, or he might again provide the voice for the grunts and screams for the digital Hulk. [NukeTheFridge.com]
Screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz explain how they first came up with the concept for the movie, and why this particular story was perfect for a stand-alone sequel. Kitsis explains:
We never wanted to remake it, we thought it was blasphemous, but our goal was to write a movie that was from the same DNA, that would be a standalone, so if you've never seen the original TRON, you could totally come to this and appreciate it and get everything. That said, if you had seen TRON, you would be rewarded. That was our basic idea. So we thought, "who is going to take us into this world, the way Flynn took us in?" and it was his son. Then it was, "what if his father was stuck in there and the villain was a 35-year old version of himself who trapped him in there?" And you go, "if there was an 18-year old version of me out there trying to kill me, it represents everything I've grown from."
Battle: Los Angeles
The studio has released a few new high-res promo photos:
When asked about all the recent casting rumors (which were seemingly confirmed by Dan Aykroyd), Bill Hader was pretty unequivocal:
"I heard about it the same way you guys did! I went online and was like, ‘Woah! Cool!' All my friends were calling, ‘Are you gonna be in Ghostbusters 3?' I obviously am very flattered, but I don't know anything about it."
Duncan Jones's follow-up to Moon, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man continually reliving the last 8 minutes of someone else's life, has changed composers. Moon composer Clint Mansell has had to bow out, citing scheduling difficulties, and Chris Bacon, whose solo work has mostly been in animation, is taking over. [BadassDigest]
The Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie is set to be released on October 7, 2011.
While we're talking release dates, I Am Number Four comes out February 18, 2011, Mars Needs Moms comes out March 11, 2011, and Wrath of the Titans has a release date set for March 30, 2012. [ComingSoon.net and /Film]
For those wondering what form this particular board game adaptation will take, screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (who also wrote Tron Legacy) have the answer. Horowitz explicitly said the movie won't be a horror film, whatever the game's supernatural undertones:
It's INDIANA JONES – that kind of tone. It's a big adventure movie.
Episode 15 will be introducing us to the young Peter and Olivia, according to the new casting sheets:
[YOUNG PETER] Looking for a 9 year old Joshua Jackson. Dark hair. Blue eyes. Co-Star. Possible Guest Star.
[YOUNG OLIVIA] -9 years old. She's damaged, dark, quiet and yet tough and a survivor. Must match Anna Torv. Co-Star, Possible Guest Star.
Here's a bunch of photos showing Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv on set: [Benchwarmers Peter and Olivia]
Here's an interview with Matt Smith, which also includes the previously released clips for "A Christmas Carol": [Doctor Who News Page]
Torchwood: The New World
Everyone's alien-fighting president, Bill Pullman, has joined the new series in an unspecified role. Series writer Jane Espenson confirmed the casting via Twitter. He's reportedly playing a character called Oswald Jones, and here's his character description:
Oswald Jones is dangerously clever, a psychotic, convicted murderer and pedophile. He escapes his lifelong prison sentence on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation.
Genuinely repentant yet boiling with lust and rage, Oswald gets caught up in a terrifying worldwide crisis.
So...he's not playing the alien-fighting president, then? [Deadline]
The show has reportedly added a pair of guest stars. Dane DeHaan, who is probably best known as Jesse on HBO's In Treatment, will play a teen called Timbo who comes under Jason's supervision. Rebecca Wisocky, who has appeared on The Mentalist and 90210, will play Queen Mab, the mercurial ruler of a fantasy world. [TalkTVWorld.com]
Long-time Chuck writer Phil Klemmer, who left the show after last season to work on the now canceled Undercovers, has reportedly returned to the show's writing staff. [ChuckTV]
No Ordinary Family
Here's the synopsis for episode 13, "No Ordinary Detention." Among other things, it reveals Joanne Kelly - Myka Bering on Warehouse 13 - is guest starring, which I don't think we had heard about before now:
While Internal Affairs officer Rachel Jacobs (Joanne Kelly, "Warehouse 13") investigates reports of a rogue cop, Jim risks revealing himself as the prime suspect when the police station is overrun by a group of thugs, and he is the only hope of survival. Meanwhile, while trying to nurse an ailing Joshua back to health at the lab, Katie and Stephanie run into Human Resources VP Victoria Morrow (Rebecca Mader, "Lost") and begin to suspect that she isn't who she says she is.
President Martinez portrayer Blair Underwood described Virgina Madsen's new character, strongly implying she might be based on someone in real life:
Virginia Madsen joins. She plays a mother from Alaska, who becomes a Senator. So she's a political force from Alaska. Attractive woman. Housewife. From Alaska. (Raises eyebrow.)
He also revealed that Desperate Housewives actor Roger Bart will play the new Chief of Staff. He says the second half of the season will explain Hal Holbrook's shifting age and what's going on with the kids with old faces. [TV Guide]
Here's some new promo photos for episode 2, "Bluebeard": [SpoilerTV]
Robert Sheehan has now denied the earlier reports from one of his movie costars that he is leaving the show. [SpoilerTV]
The second season premiere reportedly happens four days after the last season finale, and we see Anna dealing with dissent among her captains, who are concerned that she is developing human emotions. She apparently puts this concern to rest by killing a captain or two with her tail. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.