Tom Hiddleston reveals how Loki has prepared for The Avengers - he's been training hard, growing ever more insane, and he's now got a huge secret weapon. Also, Hiddleston explains why Patty Jenkins is the perfect director for Thor 2.
Mr. Spock will again be an action hero in the new Star Trek movie.
The writers of Captain America 2 explain what's in store for the characters.
Rhys Ifans reveals the voice of the Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Matthew Vaughn mulls his next project with Mark Millar, while The Stand picks up a famous director.
Lots of hints for what's ahead on Fringe, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Person of Interest, Terra Nova, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and American Horror Story.
All that plus Moby Dick...in space!!!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
For those so inclined, there's an epic 25-minute interview with Loki actor Tom Hiddleston below. Here are the highlights:
- Loki brings the battle to Earth because he thinks that under one rule there will be no war, there is also a jealousy that Thor has this kingdom, and Loki wants to make it his own kingdom.
- There is a lot of Loki on his own, with only a little bit of support.
- Loki has been expanded, he has developed. Between the end of Thor and the beginning of The Avengers it's like he has been on three years training, he has a few more things up his sleeve.
- Joss has a soft spot for Loki, he likes him as a character and wanted to explore the sibling rivalry and interesting element in The Avengers.
- He has a great weapon in The Avengers, not like Cap's shield or Thor's Hammer.
- It's a global battle, but Manhattan becomes a focus point for lots of reasons.
It's not clear what this "great weapon" is, though it might refer to some psychological edge, his mastery of the Cosmic Cube, the mysterious "Leviathan" that showed up in some set documents...really, the possibilities are endless. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's an interview with Clark Gregg, in which the Agent Coulson actor drops some spoilers about the new movie...except it's not at all clear whether any of them are real. [Via Whedonesque]
Captain America 2
Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus discuss what's ahead in the sequel:
McFeely: I think it's safe for us to say that it's primarily set in the modern day. That seems to have been the biggest question people have been wondering about regarding the sequel. Most people know the story of Captain America as the story of this man out of time, and because The Avengers is such a big movie, and because [Avengers director] Joss Whedon has so many moving pieces, we've been left with room to explore Cap entering the modern day wondering, "What is all this? What's happened to the world" and so on.
Markus: We made a movie where the world was in context for Steve Rogers. It was a movie where it was a more pure time, where there were clearly black-and-white, right-and-wrong, good-and-evil scenarios. And Cap is a guy who symbolizes that. Now he's in the now, and there is nothing black-and-white. So what do you do with that guy? How does he react to a much more uncertain time? So you're given this huge new palate to work with, but you can keep him the same. And that's the fun of getting to do a sequel. Captain America, Steve Rogers, he's pretty firmly established. Now we can take him through some different places.
Elsewhere, they explain why the movie can't really go back to World War II too much, although they do admit they would love to give the Howling Commandos their own movie:
McFeely: "Still, if he had another adventure entirely set in World War II, the stakes are kind of lessened, because you know he survives and you know what happens to Bucky and you know the Howling Commandos survive long enough to have a toast in a bar."
Markus: You know Cap wins and you know that whoever he was fighting didn't destroy the world, because you've already seen things that happen after it. So the stakes are, well... But then again, did that bother anyone with the second 'Indiana Jones' movie?
McFeely: [The Howling Commandos are] certainly cool, and in a different movie, we would've certainly had a little more 'Kelly Heroes' or 'Magnificent Seven' thing going on. Personally, I'm a big fan of that type of movie - the ne'er-do-wells banding together to fight a common cause, so I'm open to it, but... well... I'll just say I'm open to it.
Tom Hiddleston says he's thrilled Monster director Patty Jenkins will be taking on the sequel, in part because Thor director Kenneth Branagh actually asked him to watch Charlize Theron's performance as a serial killer in Monster to prepare for playing Loki, so this pretty much brings it all full circle. He offers this take on what Jenkins will bring to the sequel, and where the movie is headed:
"She clearly has an incredible grasp of story and character and a very powerful emotional engine behind her, which I think is what we need. What happens in 'Thor 2' has to evolve after what's happened in 'The Avengers,' so I'd say he takes a pretty good hiding from Odin when he gets back home, but I honestly don't know at this point. The thing about Patty is she has an innate courage and complete understanding of the muscularity of a character like Thor, but also a sensitivity and a nobility and things like 'Monster' and 'The Killing' which she directed, don't shy away from darkness, they don't shy away from murkier aspects of human nature and I think her fearlessness about all that will make 'Thor 2' quite interesting."
The Amazing Spider-Man
Rhys Ifans confirms that he did provide the voiceover for the Lizard:
"It's totally my voice. I'm sure the voice will be toyed with in the eventual edits, but when I was shooting the CGI moments, when I wasn't actually human, when I was Lizard, I looked like a crash-test dummy in a green leotard thing. There were many moments when I had to speak to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as the Lizard."
You can also check out the link for video of the interview, in which Ifans debuts his Lizard voice. [MTV]
Star Trek 2
Zachary Quinto reveals he's in training for a major action sequence:
"There's a big sequence for me that I have to prepare for in this movie physically so I'm training, working on getting in some serious shape, building my cardio endurance, preparing to run a lot."
He also explains why this incarnation of Mr. Spock has more of an action hero quality than the Leonard Nimoy version:
"One of the climactic scenes for me in the first movie was when I go against that grain and lose my cool and beat up Kirk. So I think they're trying to change that up a little bit and not have him be just intellectual but also have another side."
Superior and The Secret Service
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is reportedly ready to reunite with his Kick-Ass collaborator Mark Millar - they just haven't decided which movie to make. Vaughn is reportedly deciding between adapting and directing Superior, Millar's story of a superhero-idolizing boy afflicted with multiple sclerosis who is himself given the chance to be a superhero, or the just released The Secret Service, which Vaughn and Millar co-created along with artist Dave Gibbons. There aren't any plot details for The Secret Service just yet (though I'm going to go ahead and assume it isn't a remake of this underrated gem), but Vaughn holds the film rights. Either way, one of these will reportedly be his next project, which suggests Kick-Ass 2 or a First Class sequel will have to wait. [Heat Vision]
Ben Affleck, who proved he's a surprisingly excellent director with Gone Baby Gone and The Town, has reportedly been picked by Warner Bros. to adapt and direct Stephen King's apocalyptic epic. [Deadline]
Moby Dick in Space
Don't worry, that's not the actual title. But it is the basic concept for Scottish director Lynne Ramsey's next film. The indie director of 1999's Ratcatcher, 2002's Morvern Caller, and the upcoming school shooting movie We Need To Talk About Kevin explains that her next film will be Melville meets science fiction:
"This is really the first time I've spoken about, it's been very under wraps. It's more or less inspired by ‘Moby Dick,' which is a fantastic novel, an American classic, but funnily enough a lot of people haven't read it. So I'm working on something loosely based on that. And it's science-fiction, so we're taking the premise into the galaxy. So we're creating a whole new world, and a new alien. A very psychological piece, mainly taking place in the ship, a bit like ‘Das Boot,' so it's quite claustrophobic."
She explains where she's up to in the development process:
I'm still scripting, but I'm doing a lot of visual scripting now, so designing, pulling in different parts. What's great with the new technology, first of all I made a trailer. Before you know I might have a little mood board film. You can start to think about the sound design fairly early on."
She also says she's hoping to get a bigger budget than she's had previously, but that isn't essential. You can also see a video interview with her below in which she discusses the project. [The Playlist]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Novation", teasing the big return. [TV Line]
Here's an interview with Anna Torv.
Here's a pretty spoiler-y set video.
The Walking Dead
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Save the Last One."
Lori actress Sarah Wayne Callies previews the rest of the season, including the upcoming trip to Herschel's farm:
"In the second season, we lose a ton of people," teases Callies. "People are starting to realize no one is coming to save us...people start to get real ugly. When you push people to the very edge...they're really capable of anything...We encounter what looks like a perfect place to be, a really nice family [but] the longer we spend there, the differences between [our groups] start to become pretty significant. Some of us form pretty strong bonds with members of that family, but the group [leaders] don't see eye to eye on a lot. [The question is] whether we'll be allowed to stay."
She also says we'll learn what Rick learned at the CDC by the end of the season, and she points out that, whatever it is, it's important enough for Rick to keep secret from everyone. She also suggests her big secrets will come out by the end of the season. [E! Online]
Here's a sneak peek for next Monday's episode, "Bylaw." [Terra Nova TV]
Person of Interest
Here's a promo for episode six, "The Fix."
Executive producer Jonathan Nolan says there will be some mythology episodes coming up this season, and episode nine will offer some insight into Taraji P. Henson's Detective Carter:
"One of the fun things to do is to take someone who you've developed a rapport with episode after episode, but maybe you haven't discovered as much about them as you want. Then, you get a chance to put that person in the spotlight for a minute."
Once Upon a Time
Here's a promo for the second episode, "The Thing You Love Most."
[gallery 5852604] Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos from this Friday's premiere. [BuddyTV]
Here's the description for episode three, the awesomely ridiculously entitled "Beeware":
A SOCIAL MEDIA CRAZE DISGUISES A STRING OF BIZARRE MURDERS - The station is abuzz as Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a case where an innocent flash mob results in a gruesome homicide. As Nick delves further into the investigation, he learns more about his unique family history, and finds himself at odds when he and Hank are assigned to protect a dark character from his recent past.
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Slash Fiction."
And here's a general preview.
American Horror Story
Here's a sneak peek at Zachary Quinto's appearance as Chad, a former owner of the house who is a gay interior designer...and, apparently, a ghost. You can also go here for a sneak peek with Dennis O'Hare. [E! Online]
Mena Suvari will add to her quite literally all-American filmography - which already includes American Beauty, three American Pie movies, and American Virgin - by appearing on the ninth episode of American Horror Story as a character known as the Black Dahlia, presumably named for the infamous 1947 murder case. [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.