The Dark Knight Rises is going to be shot in as much IMAX as humanly possible. Twilight's Kristen Stewart is out of the running for Lois Lane — assuming she was ever in contention to begin with. Learn what Bucky Barnes and Howard Stark bring to Captain America. Hugh Jackman is getting ridiculously bulked up for The Wolverine. Javier Bardem discusses his potential James Bond villain role.
Spoilers from here on out!
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan's longtime director of photography Wally Pfister explains that the script for the third movie links back to the first two Batman movies in what sounds like some interesting ways:
Plain and simple - he's done it. It's a phenomenal script. He's still in the process of cutting it back because it's a very long script right now, but it's really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, ‘Dude, it is a perfect trilogy.' I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures - and they are very different pictures. And it's funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better.
He also says they're going to shoot as much of the film in IMAX as is humanly possible:
Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We're going to put in on the screen, and put it on the screen big. And I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can, because we're really going for it this time. In terms of the action, we are all scratching our heads right now trying to figure out how we're going to do it; how we're going to do it in the amount of time we're going to do it in. The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind.
Anyone who was worried that Twilight's Kristen Stewart was the supposed frontrunner for Lois Lane, you can breathe easy now - we've got two sets of rumors, but they both end with Stewart definitely not playing Lois Lane. One rumor is that she did meet with director Zack Snyder and his producer wife Deborah, but Stewart ultimately passed on the role to focus on smaller movies. Now, we shouldn't necessarily buy into all the details of this rumor — for instance, the original report claims Snyder was hurt by Stewart's rejection, which just seems kinda silly — but the gist of it is hardly impossible. The other story comes from her PR rep, who says she was never in contention for the part to begin with. Either way, if Kristen Stewart was ever in contention in Lois Lane, she is almost certainly out of the running now. Well, probably. In any event, add two more names to the rumor pile: Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis. In fact, one report indicates Wilde has already tested for the role, which might make her the new frontrunner. But, again, take all this with a grain of salt until we hear anything official. [The Daily News via Cinematical and People]
We got our first look at Bucky Barnes yesterday, but now here's an even better shot courtesy of the LA Times, along with another look at the photos from Premiere magazine. Director Joe Johnston also explains how Bucky actor Sebastian Stan brought a little darkness to balance out the earnestness of Steve Rogers:
"Sebastian brought something really interesting and slightly on the dark side and really compelling to watch - when he's on camera, you're fascinated by watching him. In a great cast, I thought he really stood out and brought some unexpected things to the role. Everyone brought something to the movie and a lot of them brought something great, but I was most pleasantly surprised by what Chris brought and what Sebasatian brought in a much smaller role as Bucky... Sebastian has a dark, slightly quirky side to him — and that's the case when he's in character or not — and he brought that to this movie. You know, he was originally up for the lead, for the Steve Rogers role, but he didn't have quite the same earnest, I-want-to-fight-for-my-country aura that Chris has for this role. Sebastian has a little bit of the bad boy, he's a little bit of the James Dean type and that goes somewhat counter to the general perception of Steve Rogers. He wasn't quite right for Captain America, but I think he's perfect for Bucky because, really, he can have a little bit of that dark side."
Howard Stark portrayer Dominic Cooper explains how Tony's dad fits into the film:
We learn the whole idea of where Stark Industries comes from, which is out of pure curiosity and creative juices and excitement towards thinking of the future and developing things for good. He's a Howard Hughes. He's a guy that loves inventing, that's extremely intelligent, and that loves his lifestyle as well.
He says that Tony hasn't yet been born in the film (which one would really have to assume, as otherwise Tony is about 70 in the Iron Man movies), but Howard's character certainly evokes that of his son. He also details why Howard Stark is in the movie in the first place:
Absolutely. You're never quite sure where he's been or where he's just come from. And it's always like he's just come from somewhere in a tuxedo, from showing people his inventions and his new flying machines. He's great fun. He's important because he's part of the machinery that helps Captain America manipulate his body.
Hugh Jackman explains that director Darren Aronfosky has asked him to bulk out so that he'll more closely resemble the comics Wolverine:
"I don't know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren said with the last [film], 'Hey you looked great, but you're so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that's not Wolverine.' He said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky, you know, he's short and thick. So he said, 'I want you to go there, get bigger.' Yeah, he's thick and it's chunky and it's powerful. I always think of Mike Tyson when he first came on the scene. Sometimes, he was a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over [with this] massive build. There's real power. [Like a] bulldog, and that's it exactly. Exactly. That's what I'm going for, and if I have a massive heart attack first, well, you tell everyone what I was going for."
Jackman is now about twenty pounds heavier for this film than he was in the previous movies, although apparently he's not looking into any sort of height-squashing technology that would get him down to the comic book Wolverine's 5'3" frame. And he says he's committed to his role... [Hero Complex]
Javier Bardem confirmed that he's been offered the role of the latest Bond villain, although he says he hasn't accepted it yet. He also says to call him a "Bond villain" wouldn't be entirely correct:
"They're changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic. I'd be playing Bond's nemesis, yes, but it's not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It's very intriguing."
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's movie adaptation of the cult classic supernatural soap opera has reportedly added some more actors. Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley is reportedly on board as the con man Loomis, who becomes the unwilling servant of Johnny Depp's vampire Barnabas Collins. Meanwhile, Bella Heathcote, who is best known for her work on the long-running Australian soap Neighbours, is reportedly up for the part of Victoria Winters, the governess of the Collins estate. [Deadline]
Monsters director Gareth Edwards discusses the expectations that come with making a new English language version of the Japanese icon:
"I'm a big fan. I guess I will say I'm highly aware - and everyone involved is incredibly aware - of everyone's opinions on what this film has to do and what it has to be. And no one will do anything but the right thing. Without addressing anything specific, everyone knows how important is to get it right."
Wonderfully eccentric comedian Zach Galifianakis is reportedly in talks to join Ryan Reynolds in the comic book adaptation about ghost policemen patrolling the underworld. [24 Frames]
Here are some set photos from the pirate-themed episode three, courtesy of WENN.com.
Here's some dialogue that was overheard during the filming of episode three, complete with what we can only assume is some proper swashbuckling lingo. It's from right before the Doctor is forced to walk the plank, which is thought to be very early in the episode — it might be the last bit of the pre-credits teaser, in fact:
DOCTOR: I suppose laughing like that's part of the job description. Can you do the laugh – check. Grab yourself a parrot. Welcome aboard.
AVERY?: Something like: (She talks alone my parrot and my men) Take the doxy below to the galley and get her to work. She won't need much feeding.
AMY: Rory! A little help?
RORY: Hey! Hey! You! Listen! She's not a doxy.
[Amy is taken below - The Doctor then talks to Avery which is inaudible, but ends with him addressing the Pirates...]
DOCTOR: A bit more laughter maybe guys, no, thank you!
[The Doctor then looks over the side of the ship]
DOCTOR: Interesting jewellery by the way. And you've redecorated. What happened to the rest of the crew? Big ship, (Where's the?) Pirates. I suppose the rest are hiding, they're all going to jump out and shout "Boo!"
[Amy appears from the hatch wielding her sword.]
You can also check out some more set videos at the link. [Doctor Who Spoilers]
Anyone looking for clues about River Song's identity might want to go back to "The Big Bang." When asked on Twitter why she was able to remember the Doctor and deliver the diary to Amy after he was wiped from existence, Steven Moffat gave this reply:
"Because of who she is. You see — oops, almost said it!!"
So, throw that on the cryptic clues pile, I guess. [Life, Doctor Who & Combom]
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here are some photos from filming, also courtesy of WENN.com — including what looks like Gwen's baby in one shot.
Here's a casting call for episode 18:
[DR. ROSA CHEN] Late 40s to late 50s. Asian American or Hispanic. She's a trustworthy woman and a long time family friend. Guest Star.
The almost annoyingly awesome Ray Wise will appear in episode 16 as Volkoff's lawyer. [Zap2It]
Other returning guest stars include Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Kiebler, who will both be back as Greta in an episode that explains the reasons behind the rotating handle. No word on whether other Gretas like Summer Glau or Olivia Munn will be back. Also, there's a distinct chance that Chuck and Sarah get married before the end of the season. [BuddyTV]
No Ordinary Family
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "No Ordinary Double Standard": [SpoilerTV]
The show will reportedly return on March 7 for a two-hour, um, event. Steven Spielberg's longtime cinematographer Janusz Kaminski will reportedly direct the fifteenth episode, which is thought to be pivotal and might even reveal what "the event" actually is. [EW]
Here's the first promo photo for the ultra meta episode 15, "The French Mistake." [SpoilerTV]
Being Human (US)
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Concordia": [SpoilerTV]
This is pretty explicitly just baseless speculation, but EW has put together a list of name actresses that David E. Kelley might pursue for his Wonder Woman TV show. [EW]
MTV's TV adaptation of the eighties movies will premiere on June 5, 2011, right after the MTV Movie Awards. [KSiteTV]
Erica Durance says there's a long road ahead for a reconciliation between Chloe and Lois:
"Lois and Chloe are like sisters, so she knows Chloe had a good reason for leaving. But there's such a history between Chloe and Clark and the way they left off and why she left, so they have to deal with a lot of things to resolve their friendship."
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.