There's just an insane amount of Avengers news today! Set photos reveal the possible final scene of the movie. Tom Hiddleston talks Loki's journey, Clark Gregg discusses Agent Coulson's purpose, and Joss Whedon explains the limits of the Hulk's violence.
But also, Christopher Nolan may have found a suitably futuristic location for the new Batcave in The Dark Knight Rises.
Karl Urban explains why the thought of Judge Dredd taking his helmet off makes him physically nauseous.
Vin Diesel shows off some new Riddick 3 concept art, and promises his latest alien epic will be R-rated.
Doctor Who prepares to show us "The Girl Who Waited", Torchwood is about to finish off its miracle, plus a trailer for the final episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Tom Hiddleston explains Loki's journey from Thor to this movie:
"It's a little less princely, if you see what I mean. In Thor, Loki is a prince of Asgard. But by the time The Avengers starts, Loki's been around the block of the universe. He's met some shady gangsters and he's gone undercover and he's come back looking a bit meaner. There's a lot more leather. There's a lot more black. There's a lot more weaponry. He's just more of a badass."
He also promises every possible combination of fight scene:
"I get to fight with everybody. Every single superhero, every single Avenger, every single wonderful actor playing every single superhero. And it's great. What Joss has encouraged me to do is to kind of stoke a fire of unpredictability and joy. And here you have a true god of mischief who is enjoying the chaos he creates. And that's part of the fun of playing a character like that. You get to do some incredibly cool things, and smile through it."
Finally, he explains how Joss Whedon is directing him in the role:
"Just inhabiting him every day, it demands such a level of intensity and a kind of volatile energy. And Joss is constantly saying, 'More feral. Wilder. I want feral. Give me feral.' And a lot of time I'm throwing myself around. Throwing myself through walls and onto the floor and getting up and dusting myself off and doing it again. It's fun, but I wake up with cracks and bruises for sure."
There's still more at the link. [IGN]
Stellan Skarsgaard has confirmed he is in the final scene of the movie, which he recently shot in New York. That syncs up with a recent set report in which Thor and Loki are seen together, holding a piece of Asgardian tech and disappearing into the clouds, while the rest of the Avengers and Skarsgaard's character Erik Selvig look on. The scene also reportedly features some dialogue between Loki, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, which seems like a bit of an unlikely combination, but hardly impossible. And in the end, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner drive away in Tony's convertible, while Captain America rides off on his motorcycle in the opposite direction. Anyway, there a few more details at the link. [Worst Previews]
Here a metric ton of set photos from the filming of that final scene. [ComingSoon.net]
Here are some more awesome set photos spotlighting Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner as Cap, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Plus a crashed Quinjet in Manhattan. You can see a bunch more at the various links. [WENN.com, TotalFilm, Superhero Hype, JustJared, New York Post, Worst Previews, Ace Showbiz, and Comic Book Movie]
Joss Whedon explains that they will be pulling from several different incarnations of the various heroes, and they definitely won't be using the ultra-violent Ultimates rendition of the Hulk:
There's some originals, some Ultimates and some characters from different runs-and hopefully some new stuff too. We're certainly not going to have Hulk killing hundreds of people. It's not as cute on film as it is in the comics.
Will we be seeing any new villains from outside the Marvel Universe?
We're definitely going to see something new...but I'm playing this one close to the chest!
Clark Gregg explains how he sees Agent Coulson's role:
That's definitely why I was excited about "The Avengers," just because that's very much who he is. He's the guy who's tasked - a very disciplined guy in my opinion who possesses secrets that would turn your hair white - but at the same time he's tasked with handling these kind of diva superheroes, you know? "Oh, really, Asgard? Dude, just get in the car."
A tipster sent us this set video from the recent filming in New York City, in which Chris Evans's Captain America navigates a battle scene.
Just in case you were concerned that The Avengers would suffer from a dangerous Stan Lee deficiency, Stan Lee has now been spotted on set.
He's playing Ant-Man. [Examiner]
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan is reportedly using the Turda Salt Mines in Romania for the interior shots of the new Batcave. The mines feature futuristic-looking lighting and elevator equipment, making them a fairly ideal choice. You can see some photos of them at the link. [Cinema Blend]
The Hunger Games
Check out the link for acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh's spoiler-free explanation as to why he took on second unit duties for the film. [Moviefone]
Vin Diesel confirmed that Universal will allow the movie to have an R-rating, and he offered this update on the movie's progress:
While I was working on character, the Director and his team of artists have been creating the world and style of this picture. We all know how much I enjoy concept art and storyboards, haha, I am like a kid in a candy shop.
Seeing the early stage of CGI is always fascinating to me, it is a element that usually comes together long after the filming process, so you look forward to seeing it fully realized.
First stop for the Riddick production is Canada, which is where we shot a large part of Chronicles...
He also shared this concept art. [Facebook]
Star Karl Urban, also known as Bones in the new Star Trek, promises in no uncertain terms that you won't see his face in the new movie:
"If anyone is familiar with Dredd, over the years there are many times when he removes his helmet but you never fully see his face. This was a construct by the creators because he represents a faceless system of justice and law. I say this hypothetically. If I went to a movie called 'Judge Dredd' and the lead actor at one point took of his helmet so we could see his full face, I would just puke in my popcorn because that's not Dredd. He is mysterious and enigmatic. We're doing it right. It's gonna be harder, grittier and above all faithful to the comic. It's gonna kick ass."
Real Steel and Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is reportedly signed on to direct Fox's new take on the Frankenstein story, working from a treatment by Max Landis (the son of famous director John Landis). [Fangoria]
Here's the trailer for this week's "The Girl Who Waited", by "Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel" writer Tom MacRae.
Imelda Staunton, who is probably best known for playing Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter but for some reason I'll always remember as Maria in that one Twelfth Night adaptation, will provide the voice of the Interface in the episode, according to the Radio Times. She'll be joined by Josie Taylor as the Check-In Girl and Stephen Bracken-Keogh as the voice of the Handbots. [Doctor Who News Page]
And here are five teasers for the episode:
» The TARDIS has a more low-fi version of Torchwood tech.
» 'The Green Anchor and The Red Waterfall' would make a good name for a sci-fi themed pub.
» There's a race of people who share Time Lord qualities.
» Two things that happened in 'The Big Bang' also take place here.
» It's a pity John Cleese and Eleanor Bron weren't available to recreate a scene.
That'd be referring to their great cameo in Douglas Adams's "City of Death", in which they critique the TARDIS as a piece of pretentious modern art. Also, it appears that the initial rumors this episode was called "The Green Anchor" had at least some basis in fact. There are some more hints at the link. [Cultbox]
Here are some more general promo photos for the rest of series six. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here are some dialogue teasers from the finale, "The Bloodline":
» "That's it, I'm done. I've seen some crazy shit with Torchwood, but now I'm at the limit."
» "I'm from the future."
» "I have seen the human race become vast and magnificent and endless."
» "The Doctor used to say..."
» "What?" - "What?!" - "WHAT?!"
There are five more at the link. [Cultbox]
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Here's a teaser trailer for the final three stories. [Planet Gallifrey]
Here's a description for the season premiere, "Neither Here Nor There":
THE FRINGE TEAM TAKES NEW SHAPE AS THE IMPACT OF PETER'S HEROIC CHOICE UNFOLDS.
Just one week after Peter Bishop saved the day and was then wiped from existence, the truce between the two worlds remains intact and the two sides are forced to work together. Lincoln Lee joins the Fringe team as they investigate a shapeshifter case that is very personal to him.
The Walking Dead
AMC has announced that the season premiere will be a ninety-minute episode, much like last year, and that the original run will feature six episodes, then a mid-season break before they run the remaining episodes. You know, depending on just when Frank Darabont left the show, this might actually represent a fairly clean break between his episodes and those overseen by new showrunner Glenn Mazzara. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Here's a poster.
Here's a sneak peek, giving us a look at the show's 22nd century dystopia. [Daemon's TV]
Here are two promo posters. [multipleverses.com]
Star Anna Silk discusses what's ahead in the second season of the Canadian supernatural series:
Bo learned a lot in the first season and is now smarter and stronger coming into the second season. She also knows she has to be more accountable for her actions, that they have consequences and I think she is more conscious when it comes to navigating the politics [between the light and dark sides] and protecting the people that she loves, her friends and her family, Kenzi, Dyson and Lauren. I don't know if she'll necessarily be forced to choose sides, but I think there is something out there that is even bigger than Bo realizes and it's probably more than she can even handle.
Now that Bo has learned the truth about who her mother was, is there any chance she'll start to doubt her goodness knowing that she came from such malevolence?
Definitely she will. Bo learned what she is and who she is, well, more what she is at the beginning of the first season and now she is starting to learn who she is. She knows some of her roots, but there are still a lot of questions that have gone unanswered and I think she does question those roots. Some things that do happen during the second season - which I can't give away - are definitely red flags for her and raise a lot of potential for evil. It's a scary time for Bo.
There's more at the link. [The TV Addict]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.