The writers of Captain America discuss what role World War II will play in the sequel. Watch a few precious seconds of Doctor Who! Plus crucial Game of Thrones casting news!
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Top image from The Amazing Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Director Marc Webb explains the film's more realistic tone:
"One of the things we tried to do was keep the stunts more grounded physically and that was a huge challenge because you have a character whose abilities are superhuman. How do you do that in a way that's convincing and real? ... We spent months and months and months developing rigs so he could swing in a way that wasn't computer-generated. Obviously there's going to be enhancements and CG [sequences], but it's based in a physical reality and that's a new technique. When you walk out of the theater, I want the world you see to resemble what you saw on the screen. Part of the joy of cinema [is that] you make the impossible look real. I wanted it to be more grounded and more realistic and that went for the emotion of the scenes, the physical action and wardrobe. It's less based in Steve Ditko world and probably closer visually and more influenced by 'Ultimate Spider-Man,' but it is also very much a world of our own devising."
Emma Stone explains how that tone helped her performance:
It was great. It made it possible for me to do. I don't think I'd be able to function in a world I didn't understand. And this was just Andrew and I doing a scene. There wasn't anything…it was just like making any other movie where you're just two human beings connecting. It was like that. It just happened to be set in a New York City where a guy runs around in a spandex suit and he just saves lives! He got bitten by a radioactive spider!
The first trailer briefly hit the web before Sony pulled it. It reportedly featured a recap of Peter Parker's origins - including his parents abandoning him and the accident that turns him into Spider-Man. The trailer then segues into POV shots of Spidey webbing his way through New York. The tone is described as more serious than the somewhat lighter touch of the Sam Raimi films. [LA Times]
Chris Evans compares his Captain America costume with the new one he sports in The Avengers:
They each have pros and cons. The first Cap costume is very cumbersome. It's thick and it's bulky. It's tough to do fight sequences in. But the cowl, the helmet can come on and off at will. The current wardrobe is bit different. The suit is much more — the range of motion is fantastic. You can really get some good sequences in. It's a little bit more form fitting. But the cowl, the cowl, the hood has some changes that make it a little bit more difficult to get it on and off.
Jon Favreau explains his producer's role on the film, as well as why Joss Whedon is a better choice to direct than he ever would have been:
My involvement is just to be as supportive as I can be. Most of the cast is people that came onboard to work with me on the 'Iron Man' film, so I feel a sense of responsibility to them. I really hope it works out. I'm not in the trenches with them and I'm not making creative decisions on their behalf, but I'm completely available and of service.
"They have Joss Whedon, who's a very talented guy and is really good with ensembles and really understands the superhero genre better than I do. I understand 'Iron Man' very, very well, especially the 'Iron Man' movie and the cast and the characters all built to one thing. But there are other characters that I don't know. Each filmmaker had a different approach to how they went about it - 'Captain America' is coming out, 'Thor.' The combining of all those things is going to be its own thing in and of itself that Joss has embraced and wrote the script. I expect big things."
Captain America 2
Writer Stephen McFeely explain how World War II could fit into the sequel, which will likely be primarily set in the present day:
We are also struggling with that. It's very likely a modern day story, but we like and we think audiences are going to like some healthy dose of WWII, much like Rupert here does in his comics, where there's either emotionally affects his current story or even there's a villain that comes back or an object or some mission that comes back to haunt him.
So there might be flashbacks?
Stephen McFeely: We kind of like that idea [of] more than just one or two; that it's woven in. That's a lot of what we are talking about, how to do that keeping both stories relevant and interesting.
Hayley Atwell says she would leap at the chance to don heavy make-up and play an 88-year-old Peggy Carter in the present day if she is ever called to do so, but she says it would probably be cheaper for them to just get an older actress to play the part. [411 Mania]
Director David Slade has confirmed he's working with Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane, and a recent series of Tweets suggests that the villains might be Purple Man and Typhoid Mary, going by Kane's tweet, "Beware purple men and typhus." Kane also revealed that he's looking at Sidney Lumet films for inspiration, and that they won't be talking down to the fans, but the film will feature lots of surprises, "rich themes", and "complex story." [Comic Book Movie]
The Dark Knight Rises
The latest extras casting call is looking for "Victims and Perpetrators within a city besieged by crime and corruption," which specifically includes "Prisoners/Thugs, Guards, Police Officers, Business men & women." [SWD Casting]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Here's an extended sneak peek, featuring an introduction by Andy Serkis.
And here's a new banner.
Director Andrew Niccol explains what "time zones" mean in his upcoming thriller in which everyone stops aging at 25 and Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are forced to go on the run from the law in the hopes of finding more time:
"In the poor zones, everyone has zippers because you need fast fashion. But in the rich zones, someone would have 20 buttons down their shirt almost as a sign of their wealth. The greatest crime in this society is really not taking someone else's time but giving time away because it completely upsets the system."
The Dark Tower
Stephen King responds to Universal passing on Ron Howard's proposed adaptation:
"I'm sorry Universal passed, but not really surprised. As a rule, they've been about smaller and less risky pix; maybe they feel it would be better to stick with those fast and furious racing boys. I bear them no ill will, and trust Ron Howard to get Roland and his friends before the camera somewhere else. He's very committed to the project."
Here are some super-short clips from the rest of the series that were featured in a general BBC trailer. The main highlights are Amy fighting a robot with what appears to be two katanas and the Doctor declaring his intention to kiss James Corden's Craig Owens. Oh, and it's all set to "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead, because everything should be set to "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead.
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Dead of Night."
John Barrowman commented on next episode's big sex scene, which is believed to have been cut from the BBC edit of the episode:
"If you're under the age of 13 and you don't know the facts of life, you shouldn't be watching this series. "Because I'm naked in one episode - I am full-on naked. I am bumping and grinding in this one. I am having man sex and it's fantastic."
Game of Thrones
British actor Stephen Dillane, who is probably best known to American audiences for playing Thomas Jefferson in HBO's John Adams, has reportedly been cast as Stannis Baratheon, King Robert's next oldest brother and a new contender for the Iron Throne. Dutch actress Carice van Houten, who previously appeared in Valkyrie and Repo Men, has reportedly been cast as the sorceress Melisandre. Finally, Camelot's Liam Cunningham has reportedly been cast as Davos, a former smuggler pressed into Stannis's service. [EW]
Arlene's baby will take a decided turn for the villainous in an upcoming episode, when he starts displaying pyrokinetic abilities. A new love triangle will emerge featuring Hoyt, Jessica, and Jason. A female character will become disfigured, while a male character will take on "a surprising dual role." Oh, and there's some chance of a Sookie/Bill/Eric threesome, apparently. [TV Line]
The Walking Dead
Here's a set video featuring Steve Yeun.
Executive producer Chris Fedak previews how the status quo has changed heading into the fifth season:
Going into Season 5, we think it's neat to change things up so that Chuck doesn't have the Intersect now. He has to be a spy without the supercomputer training wheels. He has to go back to being the smartest guy in the room, having the Chuck solution. And now he has a friend who has the supercomputer in his head, and Chuck has become sort of like Sarah was: He has to become Morgan's handler. He's the one who has been out there in the world and now must take care of Morgan. And they still need the Intersect to get out of problems and be a successful company.
He also sets up some of the key storylines for the final thirteen episodes:
Most important is Chuck and Sarah building a future together, that idea of the Bartowskis trying to imagine what their future is going to be. And they're building a company, a spy company. Chuck needs to create his own successful private CIA. The other part of it too is the relationship between Chuck and Morgan — all things evolve. Now they're working in the same company together, it's also about their friendship. All these things are challenges. I think that going out on their own is very much a part of this season. One, what happens when you don't have the Intersect? And two, what happens when you don't have the CIA and their resources?
He also confirmed there will be a time jump of a few months from the last season. There's plenty more at the link. [TV Guide]
Alona Tal will definitely be back as Jo this season. [TV Line]
Here are some new set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Writer Deric Hughes explains the appeal of new character Steve Jinks:
"What's great about him, Steve Jinks, definitely, as you saw in the premiere "The New Guy," is that Jinks shakes things up a bit because he's like a human lie detector. So he's not easily won over by Eddie's charm. As we go through the season, you'll get to learn a little bit more about him. Aaron Ashmore's fantastic; he really was more of a surprise. We had been looking for a long time for a Steve Jinks and we came close a couple of times and it looked like an eleventh hour sort of situation, where he came into the picture and helped save the day."
Here's a promo and a sexy sneak peek for episode 3, "Love Sick."
And here's the same (minus the sexiness) for the next episode, "Glimpse."
Here's the synopsis for episode three:
The Haven docks seem to be attacking people - on their own. Could they be haunted? Audrey must find what's causing the chaos while pursuing a key lead about the mystery of her own identity.
Here's a promo for episode 9, "Wolf's Bane."
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.