The somewhat unexpected success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes means we'll see more of Andy Serkis's ape revolutionary, Caesar. But will the super-intelligent chimp try to make peace with humanity, or continue his rebellion?
All that plus Joshua Jackson reveals what universe-hopping adventures are ahead for Peter and company on Fringe.
Director Len Wiseman reveals the toughest challenge of rebooting Total Recall.
Vin Diesel gives us our first look at Riddick on the set of his latest film.
An Inglourious Basterds star joins The Host, while Jack the Giant Killer runs into trouble.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Total Recall.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The world's hardest-working motion-captured chimp actor, Andy Serkis, reveals the basic story of what's next for Caesar:
"This was never a film saying Apes are good, humans are bad or apes are bad. It was always about the difficult gray areas of a species dominating a planet. I think wherever it goes — and it is in its infancy in terms of where we are taking the story — it will certainly have conflict and it will certainly have Caesar having to make decisions about managing his own kind and, also, the survivors of the virus and making sure they can co-exist. I believe that's where it is going."
You can also check out a video interview with Serkis at the link. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Reboot director Len Wiseman says he is close to finished with his director's cut of the movie, and that he's very happy with star Colin Farrell and "the combination of mystery and emotion and action." He also described the particular challenges of making sure that both interpretations of the movie work, either that these events are really happening or are just a memory implant in Quaid's mind:
"You realize there is so much to be discussed about the dual stories. There's the reality story and there's the fantasy element. They're running parallel together, so you always have to keep those two alive. That's the inherent nature of the concept and what makes the concept so cool.
"I will say, at the same time, this made all of the conversation I had with my cast fun. Every little detail has to apply to both scenarios. My actors would ask, 'So, in this scene, am I - because I know that I'm lying, because I'm the double agent - how well do I act? It sounds like a silly question, but do you want the other character to see through that or am I so good as a double agent that you would never suspect I'm the best buddy or the wife.' It's all of those little things. So, that's my long way of saying the dual nature of the story was the best thing about this."
Star Vin Diesel has posted this behind-the-scenes image, that represents our first look at Diesel in the third Riddick film, to his Facebook page. [ShockTillYouDrop]
World War Z
The Killing star Mireille Enos, who plays star Brad Pitt's wife in Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks's novel, confirmed recent speculation that this movie could be the start of a whole zombie franchise:
"It was [going to be a trilogy] from the beginning. That was the hope, that if the first one turned out the way we all anticipate, that it would be great to turn it into a trilogy. It's exciting."
She also says this movie could kill off the entire vampire and zombie genres, which is something I could totally get on board with:
"It's like zombies are the new vampires. It's taking over. But somebody said to me this movie might end the zombie genre because, after this, what else is there to do? It's huge!"
Inglourious Basterds star Diane Kruger has reportedly been cast alongside Hanna's Saoirse Ronan in the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's other book, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which parasitic aliens known as the Souls have overrun Earth and killed off most of humanity. Here's the description of Kruger's character, The Seeker:
The Seeker...is charged with overseeing the conversion of a young rebel soldier (Ronan) whose consciousness has been infiltrated by Wanderer, a soul that has taken control of bodies and minds but who is daunted by the young human's spirit - and obsessed with the memories of her boyfriend and her brother - and sets out to track them down. The Seeker pursues her, knowing that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the discovery and eradication of the rebel movement.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Here's a new sneak peek for the self-described gritty take on the Snow White story. The clip focuses mostly on Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Thor star Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman while playing down the whole "Kristen Stewart is in this too!" angle.
Jack the Giant Killer
Patrick Sean Smith, the creator of the ABC Family series Greek, is reportedly writing the film adaptation of Jeff Smith's comic book series, a film that My Best Friend's Wedding and Peter Pan director P.J. Hogan is reportedly attached to direct. [Heat Vision]
Here's a promo photo of cast members Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Jerry Ferrara, Nicky Whelan, and Scout Taylor-Compton in The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu's film about a transpacific flight seemingly under attack from supernatural forces. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Starship Troopers Reboot
When the news broke that Hollywood was remaking Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, one question naturally occurred:
Why is Hollywood remaking Verhoeven's Starship Troopers? What does Casper Van Dien think of all this? Well, we now have the official word from the original Johnny Rico, and it's the studied diplomacy of a man who is just happy to be working, thank you:
"I think [the reboot is] fantastic. I support them. If they want me in it, I'd be thrilled. If they want to go another way, I'd still be thrilled."
Here's a promo for the tenth episode, "Forced Perspective", which airs this coming Friday.
And here's a promo photo. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the official description for episode twelve, "Welcome to Westfield", which airs February 10:
THE FRINGE TEAM GETS TRAPPED ON AN ALL-NEW "FRINGE" FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, ON FOX - Peter, Olivia and Walter come face to face with a mysterious and terrifying Fringe event as they get trapped in a town that there's no escaping from.
Joshua Jackson weighs in on the Observers' claims that Olivia must die:
I feel like they're just ridiculously ambiguous. Because the answer to that riddle is, of course, Olivia must die in every timeline because everybody has to die. I know that it plays out in future episodes and it becomes quite heavily a part of two episodes that we just actually finished shooting. But never take anything that they say at face value.
Will Peter try to save this Olivia?
Peter will always try to save Olivia. I mean, whether or not it's his Olivia, per say, or whether it's his timeline, there's no way that he could turn his back on her if she were in jeopardy. The end of last season was the highest romantic gesture that you could ever have made. He chose to end his existence so that the people that he loved could survive. I think given that that's now a part of who he is, I don't think there's any way that he would be able to turn his back on this Olivia or any other Olivia for that matter.
He also reveals that alternate Broyles's treacherous alliance with David Robert Jones is just the tip of the iceberg:
Actually it goes even deeper. There's a whole other layer of bad that's about to be revealed. We've taken a lot of criticism this year for the sort of reset and the new timeline, but it has allowed us to do some really interesting things. One of them is changing the alliances of the characters that we know, and while their core Peter/Walter/Olivia dynamic is different, but not that different, all the alliances around them have completely changed. You are going to have this really new version of a character that you've come to know and respect in one direction, and you blow that character up and you take him in a completely other direction. Of course, it has repercussions inside the story.
Elsewhere, Joshua Jackson says the return of David Robert Jones won't stop Peter's attempts to return home:
He definitely is involved in helping to fight the good fight, but one is really not on hold in service of the other. They're sort of happening on parallel tracks. And I think that Peter is of the opinion that if he could remove himself from this timeline, all of these things that have been unleashed by his being here would be undone. Yeah, he's got a bit of a martyr complex this year. [Laughs]
There's more at the link. [TV Line]
The Walking Dead
Here are some promo photos for the midseason premiere, "Nebraska", which airs February 12. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for the two-part series finale, which airs this Friday.
Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "Kit Nelson."
Here's a brief synopsis for episode five, "Guy Hastings", which airs February 6:
A PRISON GUARD REAPPEARS ON AN ALL-NEW "ALCATRAZ" MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, ON FOX - Guy Hastings, an Alcatraz guard, reappears. Although a good man, Hastings is being asked to do bad things and will come face-to-face with an old acquaintance.
Here's a promo for the tenth episode, "Organ Grinder", which airs this Friday.
Bree Turner, whose past credits include the sitcoms Raising Hope and Rules of Engagement, has reportedly been cast in a recurring guest role. Here's the description for her character:
She'll play Rosalee, a former drug addict and has been successful at staying clean. She comes from a long line of "Fuchsbau" (foxlike creatures) apothecaries (sort of like pharmacists). But she left the family business to pursue a career in the real world. A tragedy brings her back to Portland. Turner will be introduced in an upcoming episode called "Island of Dreams," whose premiere date has not yet been announced.
Here are three episode titles for the upcoming found footage supernatural horror show: episode two is "Marbeley", episode three is "Los Ciegos", which means "The Blind", and episode four is "A Better Man." [SpoilerTV]
And here's the official description for "Marbeley", which airs February 7:
In the second hour, "Marbeley," when the spirit of Dr. Emmet Cole mysteriously enters Jahel, the message is clear... go home! Instead, Tess determines to go into the jungle to find clues to Cole's whereabouts. While on their mission, they discover a tree draped in children's dolls that they suspect is there to ward off the "spirit of the abandoned girl" who drowned in the river. Then, when a member of the crew goes missing, the group realize they'll have to endure a nightmare in order to appease an angry spirit and get their loved one back.
ridHere's a poster for Heroes creator Tim Kring and 24 star Kiefer Sutherland's mutual return to TV, in which Sutherland is the father of a mute, autistic boy who may or may not see the future. [EW]
Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "The Slice Girls", which airs February 3. [multipleverses.com]
Jared Padalecki previews an upcoming adventure for Sam:
"We're shooting an episode where Sam finds himself in the same situation that Dean was in with Amy. So where it was Dean trying to do the right thing that a hunter would do, even though Sam insisted that he trusted this girl, now we find Sam in that situation, where Dean's like, ‘Hey, I trust this person,' and Sam's going, ‘Well, you're not in your right mind.' The tables turn a little bit, and we see what Sam and Dean would do in opposite situations."
Producer Jim Michaels has revealed that episode seventeen is titled "The Born-Again Identity." [@TheJimMichaels]
Here's a bunch of set photos from the January 19 filming. [SpoilerTV]
Being Human (UK)
Here's a trailer for the upcoming series four.
Here's a pair of promos for Syfy's Canadian import.
666 Park Ave.
ABC has reportedly ordered a pilot of an adaptation of Gabriella Pierce's book series 666 Park, in which an innocent Midwestern couple become the managers of a New York apartment where all the tenants have made deals with Satan. [Live Feed]
Saturday Night Live alum and Weeds costar Kevin Nealon has reportedly been cast as the father on this NBC comedy pilot that's about "an otherwise normal, angry middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising daughter Isabel (Sophia Mitri Schloss) who has magical qualities." Nealon joins the previously cast Marcia Gay-Harden, who will play his wife. [Deadline]
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.