Darren Aronofosky may have chosen his star for his big Noah's Ark reimagining. Robert Kirkman reveals what's next for Shane on The Walking Dead. Ron Perlman considers the possibility of Hellboy 3. Plus Men in Black 3's predictably outrageous cameo!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
EW has a bunch of new interviews with the movie's entire cast. Let's begin with Chris Hemsworth, who explains how Thor has changed between his own movie and The Avengers:
"There's a maturity to the character because of the journey he went on, certainly. He was a petulant sort of kid at the beginning of Thor, and by the end of it hopefully you walk away thinking that he is matured and there was a grounded quality to him that wasn't there before. He's [also] not quite the odd one out as much as he was in Thor. These guys...one of them wears an iron suit, one of them turns into a big, green monster. They all have these crazy personalities, and alter egos. They're misfits, and that's how they fit, in a funny way."
Mark Ruffalo says that turning into the Hulk is like Bruce Banner "going on a binger - you wake up after a blackout and you did all this fucked up shit." He also says that Banner starts the film "sober in a weird way", but obviously that doesn't last long when the Hulk is needed. Meanwhile, Chris Evans discusses the intense loneliness of Captain America's 21st century situation:
"I don't want to ruin anything, but the few people [Steve Rogers knew] who may be alive are probably in their 80s, and, for the most part, everyone is gone. He never had much family before, but anyone he could possibly consider close has gone by the wayside. Who does he have in the world? Nobody. Rogers is kind of defined by his morals and values. In the ‘40s there was much more of value on those things. Things are a little more impersonal these days. It just lends itself to his sense of isolation."
And Jeremy Renner explains why Hawkeye is essentially an outsider:
"I'm on such the periphery. By nature of being a sniper on top of a building, the behavior of a sniper is a loner. He gets a call and comes and does his thing."
And there's still more at the link. [EW]
And here's a new poster.
Here's Entertainment Tonight's report from the set. [Coming Soon]
The Dark Knight Rises
A news report mentions that the movie features "a stunt sequence shot at an office block in the south London suburb of Croydon, with the area's dour 1960s architecture doubling up as Gotham City." That might be the office tower explosion we saw in the London set photos a few months back, or it might be something we didn't see during filming. [Reuters]
Director Guillermo del Toro has announced the composer for his giant machines vs. monsters epic will be scored by composer Ramin Djawadi, whose previous work includes Game of Thrones and Iron Man. [Del Toro Films]
Russell Crowe is reportedly now in negotiations to play the title role in Darren Aronofsky's epic reimagining of the Noah's Ark story. As for the other big name actor linked to the movie, Liam Neeson is reportedly under consideration to play the movie's villain, which I assume isn't going to be some sort of anthropomorphic flood...but you never know. [Variety via /Film]
Here's the first poster for the upcoming comedy about bored suburbanites who form a neighborhood watch and stumble on an alien invasion. The movie stars Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte, and Billy Crudup. Judging by the poster, they're not running away from the movie's scifi roots. [First Showing]
Ron Perlman gave a less than optimistic update regarding the prospects of a third Hellboy movie:
"If I had to bet, I would bet there will be no Hellboy 3, but I haven't given up hope. I feel it's too good an idea, the third part of a trilogy to ever completely abandon. It answered a lot of questions brought up in [parts] one and two. And, Guillermo [del Toro]'s idea of how to finish the trilogy is so amazingly theatrical. It would be a great shame if we never did it."
Men in Black 3
To add one final splash of pointless ridiculousness to this project, Will Smith revealed that the movie will feature a bunch of secret cameos — including Lady Gaga, who I'm guessing is going to be revealed as some manner of extraterrestrial because, really, what the hell else would Lady Gaga be doing in a Men in Black movie? [Moviehole]
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Here's a poster of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Roadblock. [IGN]
New executive producer Caroline Skinner fielded this question about one of the classic series's most popular monsters, which is especially impressive since they only ever appeared once:
The Zygons are in [the new tie-in game Worlds in Time]! Is this a hint they're going to be returning to the show anytime soon?
[Laughs] Wait and see.
So yeah, that's almost meaningless, but she certainly didn't rule out a Zygon appearance. For what's it worth, there are supposed to be two classic monsters returning in this season, and one of them is heavily rumored to be the Yeti and the Great Intelligence. That leaves a slot for something like the Zygons, assuming of course the Daleks — who can pretty much be counted on for at least a cameo in any given season — aren't included in that tally. Skinner also provides this overall update of where production stands in the same interview:
We had our first read-through a couple of weeks ago, which was a huge pleasure. Two brilliant scripts.
Does that mean the first episodes are a two-parter?
No, what we tend to do is shoot in a block, so one director will do a couple of episodes. Those two are individual stories.
We take it the first one at least is written by Steven Moffat?
It is indeed written by Steven and it's going to blow everybody's mind.
Are all the scripts written now?
No, if only. But we've got a lot of them and the ones that are written are really, really epic and very exciting.
Being Human creator and "The God Complex" writer Toby Whithouse confirms that his episode for the coming series features Amy and Rory as opposed to the new companion. He also talks in general terms about what to expect:
Well, certainly on this series, the episodes are much more stand-alone and, in a way, more distinct from each other. You'll have episodes, but they'll be much more of a specific genre. And the next week will be a different genre. My episode is in a genre I've never written before — frankly, no one has written in that genre for quite a while now. But I absolutely love it. Steven gives me a one-line pitch, and then I'll go away and put together a story and so on. And he gave me a great one-line pitch for this, so I'm really excited about it. Doctor Who is always a joy to write. It never gets boring, it never gets dull, it never gets routine. It's an incredibly difficult show to write because it's remarkably complex, but it also has to have such momentum and pace. And within that there has to be room for character and humor and so on. It's always a huge challenge but always extraordinary fun. That's why I keep going back.
In a rumor that might well reveal what Toby Whithouse was talking about with the whole "my episode is in a genre I've never written before" thing, the third or fourth episode - one of which Whithouse is thought to be working on - is reportedly titled "The Gunslinger." That report comes from a supposed audition page belonging to the friend of a poster over at Gallifrey Base, so I'd certainly take this with a grain of salt, but... yes, a Western would certainly be a genre the show hasn't done in a long, long time — not since the William Hartnell serial "The Gunfighters", to be precise — last year's foray to the American West notwithstanding. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Rudi Dharmalingham, who has had small roles on British TV mainstays like The Bill and Casualty, has reportedly been cast as "ISA Worker" in the first block of episodes. Feel free to speculate away on what ISA might stand for, as a quick search didn't reveal a single obvious answer. [Doctor Who News Page]
Game of Thrones
Here's a new poster for season two focusing on the direwolves. [EW]
The Walking Dead
Here's another sneak peek for this Sunday's episode, "Judge, Jury, Executioner." [SpoilerTV]
Just in case you hear any rumors about Robert Kirkman saying that Daryl and Glenn will die before season three, know this — he said it because actors Norman Reedus and Steven Yuen showed up late to a taping of Talking Dead, and he was clearly joking. He did confirm David Morrissey's casting as the Governor, though. [Comic Book Resources]
Elsewhere, Robert Kirkman talks some more about Shane's arc and what's in store for Randall:
Shane is experiencing series of moments that are making him question his stance on things. When Shane couldn't gun Sophia down but Rick could, that's a bit of evidence that Shane is wrong and that Rick is the right guy to be leading this group. This is another example of that. It's really going to be driving Shane crazy — the fact that he was pretty much read his rights and needed Rick to come save him and Rick came and did that. That's going to eat away at the guy and whether or not that causes him to calm down on his position and realize that Rick is the right guy for the job, or whether that infuriates him to a higher degree and causes him to do more things to undermine Rick … we'll just have to wait and see.
Now that they know Randall can't be completely trusted, how will Rick and Shane move forward when considering his fate?
That's something we're going to be dealing with in our very next episode back: just how much of a threat this guy is and what they're going to do with him. While he did drive the car, they saved him as much as he saved them, if not more so. I don't think he would have been able to make it out of there alive. Them putting him back in the trunk, they clearly don't trust the guy to drive back all the way with him. The guy's a prisoner now and they have to figure out what they're going to do with him.
There's some more at the link. [The Live Feed]
Because the Daytona 500 preempted this week's episode, this week's planned episode "Clarence Montgomery" is being moved to March 12, which means it's now airing after the already scheduled two-parter of "The Ames Bros." and "Sonny Burnett." You can also check out a promo for the two-parter here. [SpoilerTV]
Star Leslie Hope discusses what's up ahead:
"The further along you go, the more I think you find out about her relationship with Clark (Paul Blackthorne) and you discover more about the relationship between her and her son and why things went wrong. And certainly more about what happened with her and Emmet. And all I can say without giving too much away is that nothing is as it appears to be. Bruce (Greenwood) said it really well at the TCAs: 'The more the mysteries are uncovered of the Amazon, the more mysterious the characters become and you discover that they are the ones who are holding the secrets.'"
Once Upon a Time
Here's a bunch of promo photos for episode sixteen, "Heart of Darkness", which airs March 16. [KSiteTV]
[gallery 5889187] Here are the first two promo photos of Captain America actor Sebastian Stan as the Mad Hatter in episode seventeen, "Hat Trick", which airs March 25. [TV Guide]
Executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz discuss whether Rumplestiltskin is really a villain:
Kitsis: He's a complicated man, [and how you view him] depends where you line up with his interests. [It's always a question of] whether you're in the way of that agenda or not...A lot of these characters have grey areas. There's some humanity in him.
Horowitz: There's more to come this season about him and his son and what happened there that may, hopefully, shed a little more light.
Here are four sneak peeks for this Friday's episode and thirteenth overall, "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau."
And here are some promo photos for episode fourteen, "Plumed Serpent", which airs March 9. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a new promo photo. You can also check out some behind-the-scenes videos at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the synopsis for episode four, "Oregon":
When his tracking methods are questioned, Detective Britten becomes a suspect in his own case; Hannah considers moving to Oregon to continue school; the doctors think Britten could stop his dreams by moving out of Los Angeles.
666 Park Avenue
Rachael Taylor, one of the stars of ABC's recent failed Charlie's Angels reboot, has reportedly been cast alongside Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Brothers & Sisters actor Dave Annable in ABC's upcoming series about a young Midwestern couple hired to manage a supernatural apartment building in New York City. Taylor will play the Annable's wife and one half of the main couple. [TV Guide]
Being Human (UK)
Show creator Toby Whithouse discusses how Tom and Hal, the show's new werewolf and vampire, fit into the new series:
Well, I think you have to look at it in context of the new lineup. Because Michael works fantastically well with our new vampire character. And similarly both of them work wonderfully with Lenora, who is still around for series 4. The whole dynamic has changed of the show. When you lose one character, it's slightly a bit of a domino effect. You can't really [just] slot a new character in; everything changes. But what Michael has and what the character of Tom has is a kind of brutality and physicality that the character of George never had. Because Tom is somebody who has no recollection of being anything other than a werewolf. He is somebody who is completely immersed in the supernatural world. Whereas George was someone who was relatively new to it and still struggling to adjust to it. And certainly for all of Series 1 was in denial of it, whereas Tom obviously doesn't know anything else.
Similarly, with our new character Hal the vampire, he is somebody who's been a vampire for over 500 years. She doesn't really understand or remember anything else. And what that allows us to do is kind of refitting the essential drive and motor of the show, because ultimately, at the very beginning, this show was about people who wanted to re-discover their humanity, and for one reason or another had had their humanity taken away from them. And it was a quest for them to re-discover it. And by introducing these new characters, who've spent much longer in the supernatural world, that opens up a fantastic new story dynamic, because it means that journey to humanity for them is infinitely longer and infinitely harder, and involves much more deconstruction of their beliefs and opinions and so on.
There's more at the link. [BBC America]
Primeval: New World
Sanctuary executive producer Martin Wood is reportedly joining the already announced Gillian Horvath and original Primeval creator Tim Haines as executive producers on the British show's planned American spin-off. [GateWorld]
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.