Marc Forster explains how World War Z will preserve the key themes of Max Brooks's book. Lost's Michael Emerson gives the lowdown on his new show Person of Interest. Plus a Dark Knight Rises set video might reveal Bane's hideout!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Man of Steel.
Man of Steel
Michael Shannon, who is playing General Zod in the new Superman movie, confirms that he is the one who has been seen around the Plano, Illinois set in a skintight motion-capture suit. Here, Shannon explains that he didn't exactly expect to end up in such a suit, but he hopes the end result is worth it:
Yeah, it's one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe, yes. It's very tight. It has a variety of different colors and shapes on it and it makes you feel like you're the court jester. And it's funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI, or whatever. I said, 'Just don't make me wear one of those silly suits.' He said, 'Oh, yeah, don't worry, I know exactly what you're talking about.' I was like, 'It's going to be really hard for me to be intimidating if I have to wear one of those silly suits.' He said, 'I totally understand.'
Then I showed up and he's like, 'Dude, I swear to God, it's going to be so bad ass when we're done. Trust me, it's going to be wicked.' And, you know, people understand and you get used to it. The first day, you feel like you're getting rushed by a fraternity... and then it wears off the next day. Because I'm not the only one wearing one – there are other people wearing them, too.
The Dark Knight Rises
Here's a set video from the Los Angeles filming. The current rumor is that this is Bane's compound, but obviously that isn't confirmed. [Shockya]
Some images reputedly of a call sheet for the New York filming have surfaced, and they confirm a couple key details. First, they mention that one scene features a "CG alien", meaning that computer-generated aliens will indeed have some role to play in this movie, which was largely assumed but not absolutely 100% confirmed up to this point. The other interesting detail is the presence of a "CG leviathan" - it's not clear what this leviathan might refer to, with some suggesting it could be a monstrous mythological creature in keeping with its biblical namesake. That certainly seems like the sort of thing Loki might be able to summon, but other possibilities include Marvel's resident dragon Fin Fang Foom, as well as the most mundane explanation: some type of craft, alien or otherwise. You can inspect the call sheets at the link. [Comic Book Movie]
X-Men: First Class Sequel
Lucas Till, who played Havok in the first movie, explains what he might like to see in a sequel:
"I always try to plan things out, but they never work out the way I expect. They work out better than I expected, so I'm going to say there are a lot of different things they could do. I'm more excited about what they could do with the movie, there's so much history and events they could work into. I'm curious. One little thing I'd like to do in the sequel is I'd like to see Hank make me some gauntlets to shoot out of my hands so I don't have to sit in a constipated position or do hula hoop movements in the next one, although it did look pretty cool. Those are my little notes."
World War Z
Director Marc Forster explains how he's trying to keep the spirit of Max Brooks's novel as he adapts it for film:
"I think that's the whole point of it. The book is not a narrative by any means, but that's what I found in reading it: it can make for a political commentary within a genre picture. You know, I want it all to feel very real. Zombies are a metaphor for human behavior. There's so much interesting stuff happening in the world right now, and on a global scale of change. Not just in the Middle East, but a lot of other places, as well. I do think zombies are a great metaphor. In the 70s, zombies were very popular, and George Romero was making critical movies about consumerism. It's a great metaphor to play with. If you make them a part of your environment, then the more people can identify that this could happen in the here and now."
Here's a set video of a zombie attack. [HMS Friday]
Jay & Seth vs. the Apocalypse
Seth Rogen's long-gestating apocalypse movie is reportedly a go to start filming next year, with Rogen and co-writer Evan Goldberg sharing directing duties. Rogen will also star alongside Jay Baruchel, hence the Jay & Seth part of the title. [FirstShowing.net]
Rush Hour thespian Chris Tucker is reportedly set to come out of semi-retirement to appear in this comedy alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill, in which a bunch of suburban dads form a neighborhood watch program... and then promptly run into some aliens, because why wouldn't they? Tucker's role is reportedly the recent divorcee Jamarcus. [Variety]
Here are some promo pics from episode 11, Toby Whithouse's "The God Complex." [Blogtor Who]
J.J. Abrams explains why this show is different from some of his upcoming projects:
"What I love about what the show is doing now is it's kind of doing what the show needs to do to be the best version of the show, as opposed to just the apologists' stand-alone thing - which I don't think Fringe could ever be. Shows like Alcatraz and certainly Person of Interest have much more of a shot because it's much more, clearly a new case every week, whereas Fringe is like more about this insanely twisted family of people that are working in this crazy lab."
At least one series regular will reportedly die in the season finale. [TV Line]
The Walking Dead
Here are some more promo photos for season two. [Den of Geek]
Person of Interest
Star Michael Emerson describes working with Jim Caviezel:
He's a very serious actor. He brings an interesting ... he doesn't give much away, so he remains mysterious, which is good, especially good for this character. The more I watch him do it, the more I think they so lucked out to find him. He has ... I don't even know if they knew exactly what qualities they were looking for, but the quality he brings to it is kind of perfect.
He also discusses Taraji P. Henson's law enforcement character:
She, very soon, discovers that there's more than one mysterious figure out there. We had a great scene in the last episode that we shot. She's really good ... it was so much fun to act with her because, boy, she's really on top of her game. I'm loving having so many New York actors play guest leads on the show, too. We've had a lot of good players in here. It picks up right where 'Law & Order' left off, I guess.
And he gives an update on the progression of his own character, Finch:
We're on the fifth episode now, and I'm still learning a lot as we go, because the actors reveal their thoughts about the character with each new episode they write. A lot of ideas I had or directions I wanted to go, I see don't fit with the writers' vision, so I'm making adjustments now, I'm tailoring my performance to suit this ever-more-detailed picture that they're giving me. For example, you think, well I want this character to be so much different from anything I've played before. So maybe he's shy, he's retiring, he likes to stay out of the light, but you can only display so much of that note if your character constantly is madly improvising in terribly dangerous situations, not only effectively, but with gusto. Then you think, well, I guess he can't be too much of a wallflower if this is the way he operates! [Laughs] So let's check that ... he's out there kicking ass and taking names.
There's more at the link. [AOL TV]
Michael Cerveris, who plays an Observer on Fringe, will guest star in an October episode as "Jarek Koska, a highly organized and educated new breed of gang leader. Koska is an innovator, an entrepreneur....but for all that ruthless intelligence, he's not above solving problems with brutal force." [TV Line]
Here are some promo photos for season five. [Zap2It]
Community's Danny Pudi explains his upcoming cameo is more than an in-joke, unlike his last appearance on a rival show:
"It's not like Cougar Town. It's a different character altogether… It has something to do with Vic Sahay's character, [Lester], I'll say that. It's very quick."
Here are a bunch of promo photos for the seventh season premiere, "Meet the New Boss", along with a description. [BuddyTV]
Castiel doesn't kill Sam, Dean and Bobby but warns them not to interfere in his business. Assuming his new role as God, Castiel sets out to right some of the wrongs in the world. Dean decides they should bind Death and order him to stop Castiel, but the former angel is one step ahead of them, leaving Dean to face a very angry Death. Meanwhile, Sam struggles to deal with the broken wall in his head.
Here's a trailer for season four.
The Secret Circle
Here are some promo photos for the second episode, "Bound." [KSiteTV]
And here's a promo photo of cast member Louis Hunter, who plays Nick Armstrong on the show. [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.