Marc Webb explains why the 3D in The Amazing Spider-Man will be worth it. More The Dark Knight Rises set photos reveal cast members Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. Steven Moffat has big plans for Doctor Who's 50th birthday.
Spoilers from this point forward!
Top image from In Time.
The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hardy offered this cryptic response when asked if Bane will be breaking Batman's back, as in the comic:
"Mmmmm… Good lead-in, but all I can say is that Chris [Nolan] has a plan up his sleeve that's not at all disappointing. And that is a definite choice that's watertight in every respect."
He also assured the world - in unsurprisingly profane fashion - that this will not be the Bane of Batman & Robin:
"I think Bane's fucking cool so I'm really excited to play him. It's not the guy in Joel Schumacher's film, but it shouldn't disappoint fanboys…"
I think Hardy has his conjunction mixed up there - that should be "so it shouldn't disappoint..." Anyway, one final quote, this time about what wearing the Bane mask does to his performance:
"Any time you put something over your face, you're going to adopt a personality and a physicality that has nothing to do with acting. It allows a performance to be free."
Here's the latest round-up of set photos, including our first definitive look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt on-set as John Drake, as well as some additional glimpses of Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. [AceShowbiz]
Man of Steel
Here are our first set photos of Henry Cavill as a dark-haired, spit-curled Clark Kent. [Moviehole]
Meanwhile, Cavill describes his intense training regimen:
"I'm on 5000 calories a day… You've got to eat protein first, then a little bit of carbs…you've gotta keep your hunger levels going. I'm training two and a half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle mass and just making myself look like Superman."
He also described his reacting to first donning the iconic suit:
"It's extremely cool. There's no other feeling like it. They just put it on, I turned around and look in the mirror and you can't really play it cool – you sort of guffaw and laugh. I thought ‘OK, holy hell, this is real, it's not a joke anymore. This is it…you're doing it, you're right in the middle of it.'"
Here's a video interview, in which Joss Whedon confirms for the umpteenth time that, no, Ant-Man won't be in the movie.
Iron Man 3
Grains of salt at the ready here, people, but some random tweeter claims to know people involved with The Avengers production, and that they say "the Avengers ship" - presumably the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier - is so expensive that it will show up in the next Iron Man movie as well. Which, to be fair, sounds like the sort of thing Marvel Studios might well end up doing, but still...I wouldn't put a lot of faith in this report just yet. [/Film]
The Amazing Spider-Man
Director Marc Webb explains the trailer's big POV shot, as well as reaffirming the movie's commitment to real, non-CGI stunts and effects:
"[There] are also moments we really wanted to embrace this experiential process of 3-D. The teaser is a hint at some of that...We shot and conceived of this film in 3-D, and I wanted there to be moments where you really feel and see the world through Spider-Man's eyes. I wanted to get that visceral feeling. In 3-D, I thought there was something about the experiential process, in a big theatrical environment, that was really special that I had seen before. I was like, 'If I'm going to do a movie in 3-D, I want to give the audience that experience.'...
We try very hard in the movie to make the stunt work grounded and real, and anything we could do live or practically, as they say, we did live or practically. We built this huge rig on Riverside Drive in Harlem, a traveling rig of hundreds of feet, and we slung our Spider-Man over cars, through traffic in a real way, which hadn't been done before. That was really exciting.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine explain why they shot in 2D and then converted to 3D:
Taylor: "For us, there's no point to it. [With the conversion process] you don't have to follow any rules when you shoot - you can shoot through dust, through shafts of light with little particles hanging in the air."
Neveldine: "We shoot on rollerblades, we hang out of helicopters, we hang out of cars. We can't do this with these giant 3-D cameras. Maybe one day, when they shrink ‘em down."
Taylor: "Software is always going to win. [3-D conversion software developers] can move at the speed of light. Next year, they'll be twice as good and half the price...Those guys are killing it now, so think of what it's going to be like a year from now."
Here's a higher quality version of the trailer that premiered a couple days ago.
Warner Bros. has reportedly hired Michael Ross to rewrite Jason Dean Hall's script, which involves a futuristic Robin Hood at war in a dystopian London. The Wachowskis were also working on a similar project, until they moved over to the Cloud Atlas adaptation. [Deadline]
For a useful breakdown of the thirteen dwarves and their various roles in the story, check out the link. [Empire Online]
World War Z
The movie is currently filming in Falmouth, Cornwall. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Steven Moffat previews the 50th anniversary plans:
"I've got various plans, but all I can say emphatically is it will be huge. It won't be just one thing…. We'll be doing lots of stuff. The plans are quite extensive, and changing all the time. Oh my God, we will hit that year very, very hard indeed. There's lot of decisions we're making that are about making all that possible. It'll be amazing."
Also, on the possibility of the big multi-Doctor team-up that a lot of fans (myself very much included) seem to be hoping for, Moffat would only say, "Possibly…. It's so far in the future, it's only a set of notions." [TV Line]
Here are some set photos featuring Anna Torv. [SpoilerTV]
Game of Thrones
German actor Tom Wlaschiha, best known to American audiences from his appearance in Enemy at the Gates, has reportedly been cast as the assassin Jaqen H'gar. [EW]
Here are a ton of set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a brief video of Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez, and new villain Mark Hamill on set.
Episode five is reportedly called "Shut Up, Dr. Phil", indicating the show hasn't lost its flair for awesome titles. [SpoilerTV]
The CW has extended its order for season seven, bringing the total number of episodes up to 23. [KSiteTV]
Here's a sneak peek at the two-part season finale.
Here's a promo and sneak peek at next week's episode, "3...2...1...", which appears to give us a glimpse of at least three different incarnations of the Warehouse.
Here's the trailer that aired at Comic-Con, which includes a brief shot of next week's guest star, Torchwood alum Gareth David-Lloyd, kicking some ass.
Here's an interview with star Ksenia Solo.
The Secret Circle
Here are some promo photos from the pilot. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the beginning of the CW's official description of the show:
Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson, "Life Unexpected") is a normal, happy teenager, leading an everyday life with her devoted single mom, Amelia. But when her mother dies in what Cassie thinks is a tragic, accidental fire, her world is turned upside down. Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane (Ashley Crow, "Heroes") in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington - where the residents seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.
Because of her mother's past with this community and her father's mysterious death, Cassie is unsure of her place, but at school she is soon befriended by Diana Meade (Shelley Hennig, "Days of Our Lives"), a sweet-natured classmate who takes Cassie under her wing. Cassie is eager to have someone show her the ropes, especially since the school's resident mean-girl, Faye (Phoebe Tonkin, "H2O: Just Add Water"), her sidekick Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy, "50/50," "Smallville"), and loner Nick (Louis Hunter, "Out of the Blue") seem unusually interested in getting to know her. But her most powerful connection is with Adam (Thomas Dekker, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), in spite of the fact that he is Diana's boyfriend. Cassie is also surprised to discover that Adam's father, Ethan (Adam Harrington, "Dexter"), had long been in love with her mother, and that Amelia's departure from Chance Harbor all those years ago drove Ethan to despair and drinking.
There's a lot more - you can read the rest at the link. [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.