Maybe Gary Ross hasn't left the Hunger Games sequel yet after all. Ender's Game gets delayed. Any Snow White and the Huntsman sequels would feature lots more Chris Hemsworth. Plus scary rumors concerning the fate of a Doctor Who character!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Game of Thrones.
Don't worry, we're not about to have another stunning reversal in the ongoing Gary Ross saga. Well... not a complete reversal, anyway. Basically, it's not actually clear whether Ross has left as director or not, and the latest reports indicate he is actually meeting with Lionsgate to see if they can sort out their issues.
Beyond the oft-reported question about whether Ross will get a raise on his already substantial director's fee, the new issue is whether the script will be in good enough shape to make the movie's planned August start date for filming. It also can't easily be pushed back, since the X-Men: First Class sequel just moved to January to accommodate mutual star Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to that start date for Catching Fire. So yeah... I officially don't know what to make of this anymore, although supposedly the meeting took place yesterday, so we may know the truth soon enough. [Hollywood Reporter]
Unknown Disney/Marvel Movie
This is a total rumor, but a recent round of reports suggest Disney Animation is working on a top-secret project for 2014 or 2015 that may well be based on a Marvel property. It's unknown what this might be - both Ant-Man and Doctor Strange have been linked to animation rumors, albeit more with Pixar than Disney itself — but the director lined up for it is Don Hall, who recently directed the studio's well-received new Winnie the Pooh movie. In the past, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said he would love Disney to make an animated Marvel movie, but this is the first time we've heard any even remotely solid rumors about the possibility. [/Film]
Here's a new promo image for Len Wiseman's reboot featuring stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel. [Coming Soon]
Summit Entertainment has announced that X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood's adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel has pushed back its release date from March 15, 2013 to November 1, 2013. No reason was given for the change, but I'd guess it's a mix of wanting a bit more time to work on the movie itself, which is currently filming in Louisiana, and a guess on Summit's part that the movie will do better as a winter release than as an early summer blockbuster. [Coming Soon]
Snow White and the Huntsman
Universal president Ron Meyer says that, if this movie is successful enough to warrant a sequel, they will likely focus on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman, since Snow White's story is more or less wrapped up in the first one. While I can respect the idea of leaving the original film's story intact by making later movies more spin-offs than sequels, I'm curious to find out how a Huntsman movie would avoiding being essentially a low-rent, slightly more medieval Thor. Oh, and I guess this means the Huntsman makes it out of the movie alive, in case you thought he might be getting a noble death or something. Meanwhile, for a look at Snow White's costume, go here. [Hollywood Reporter]
Here's Entertainment Tonight's behind the scenes video for the next James Bond movie.
A big question hanging over the first half of series seven is just what will happen to Amy and Rory, with Steven Moffat promising their farewell episode won't see everyone make it out alive (again, assuming you can trust anything Moffat says on these sorts of things). Since we know the Doctor is showing up in the next episode — plus, it's the Doctor, he simply isn't going to die — that leaves Amy and Rory. A lot of the rumors have focused on Amy as the companion who won't survive, particularly since Karen Gillan has repeatedly talked about a definitive end for her character. But it looks like we may have been foolish to believe a companion would die and it somehow wouldn't be Rory, as the latest rumors for the currently filming episode five suggest he is the victim of the Weeping Angels. In this instance, he'll suffer the same fate as several characters in "Blink", with him reportedly being thrown back to a past version of New York City and an elderly Rory then making an appearance later on. Also, there's supposedly a funeral and a time paradox, which might serve respectively as confirmation and a way out of Rory's death. As always, take this sort of thing with a grain of salt until we hear more, but seriously — we're talking about Rory dying here. That's pretty much guaranteed to happen at one point or another. [Doctor Who TV]
One detail we missed yesterday in discussing the scene with Rory, Amy, and the divorce papers from the filming of the seventh series premiere. The scene ends with Rory getting on a bus, and one set photo spots the driver holding a prop that looks like a miniature version of a Dalek eyestalk. We already know the Daleks are set to appear in the first episode, so a bit of covert Dalek surveillance here would make sense. Also, there's a rumor this episode features a trip to ancient China and the Doctor being given a task by the Emperor. [Doctor Who TV]
Sophia Myles, who played Madame de Pompadour in Steven Moffat's second series highlight "The Girl in the Fireplace", finally addressed all the weird quasi-rumors about her maybe returning to the show in Doctor Who Magazine. The upshot is that she isn't coming back, but it sounds like she and Moffat at least discussed the idea:
Steven [Moffat] and I did talk about Doctor Who and I honestly feel – and I think he feels the same – that The Girl in the Fireplace was so special, I really doubt we could do something better together on that show. It was just so perfect and I would rather leave it at that. If I was to come back to Doctor Who, I don't think it should be as [Madame de Pompadour]… but it would just ruin it to come back as anything else. Maybe when I'm old and don't look anything like her. I'd like to come back in 20 or 30 years' time as a baddy, and cause some trouble! But as for anything imminently? No. I think that would be inappropriate."
Coming back a couple decades later to cause trouble for the Doctor worked pretty well for one-off companion Jean Marsh in "Battlefield", so I'm in favor of this. I'm also in favor of Doctor Who still being on the air twenty to thirty years from now. [Doctor Who TV]
Here's a promo for this Friday's eighteenth episode, "The Consultant."
Here's a short description for episode twenty, "Worlds Apart", which airs April 27:
CORTEXIPHAN KIDS SURFACE - The teams on both sides fight on for a common cause, and there are shocking developments tied to the Cortexiphan children.
Game of Thrones
Here's a promo for the next episode, "What Is Dead May Never Die", which sees the debuts of The Tudors star Natalie Dormer as Renly Baratheon's queen Margaery Tyrell and Gwendoline Christie as the warrior Brienne of Tarth.
Here's a profile video of everyone's favorite Ironborn little shit, Theon Greyjoy.
Here's a lengthy video in which author George R.R. Martin explains all the different religions and their importance to Westeros, including this season's mysterious new religion surrounding the Lord of Light.
Robb Stark actor Richard Madden discusses what's ahead for the King in the North this season:
This whole thing started from this family perspective but he took on these responsibilities and got caught up in the wave of it a little bit. Last week, when he told his mother, "It's more complicated than this," he meant that this has now become bigger than their family. He's got 20,000 men behind him all with mothers, wives, sons and daughters waiting at home for them and Robb is dictating whether they live or die. So he's now thinking about 20,00 families. The changes in Robb this season are dictated by those elements. Robb is changing a lot from season one to season two – he starts making decisions and doing things that will catch you off guard. The situation is bigger than he thought it would be.
He also confirms that Robb meets a woman this season, which led Madden to struggle with one of the great unresolved questions from the book — was the King in the North a virgin?
Deciding if Robb is a virgin or not. I had to make a lot of choices in my head and figure out what happened when he was younger. I think it's a given that Theon has been up to all sorts of things at Winterfell – so it's just figuring out where Jon's been and where Robb's been when it comes to that. I think Robb is a very good man, with a deep sense of honor. I love Robb a lot because everything is a first for him. And those are the most exciting experiences. That's what makes for good watching. This is the first time he meets a woman – and it happens at a point when he's really feeling distance from everything else. He's out there, alone, doesn't know if his mother has his back. There are disagreements with his men over killing prisoners; he doesn't want to go down that route, but he's being pushed to it. So he finds this escape in this woman who doesn't see him as a king; they immediately connect as people and that's the most realistic thing he's had. And it's important to have this presence in his life that pushes him and challenges him on everything – she makes Robb think about the longterm results of his actions. "If you kill Joffrey, then what?" It makes him realize he hasn't thought that far ahead. At the same time, there are lots of feelings.
So ... was Robb a virgin?
There's more at the link. [The Insider]
Here's a promo for season five focusing on Alcide, Lafayette, and Sookie.
The fifth season will reportedly "introduce us to a type of vamp we've never met before...described as strong and cocky, and they'll be around for more than one episode." [E! Online]
The Walking Dead
Much of season three will reportedly be set at the Woodbury colony, a safe haven under the auspices of David Morrissey's Governor. The show is reportedly looking to use the town of Senoia, Georgia as the location for shooting for the rest of 2012 and possibly 2013 as well, suggesting that, once we get to Woodbury, we won't be going anywhere anytime soon. [Zap2It]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a ton of photos for episode twenty, "The Stranger", which airs April 29. You can also find the complete description below. [KSiteTV]
AUGUST TRIES TO ENLIGHTEN EMMA ON WAYS SHE CAN BEAT REGINA AND POSSIBLY TAKE CUSTODY OF HENRY, AND GEPPETTO AGREES TO A PLAN TO SAVE SNOW WHITE AND PRINCE CHARMING'S DAUGHTER - WITH A PROVISO THAT COULD ALSO SAVE HIS OWN SON - ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
"The Stranger" – August promises to enlighten Emma and take her on a journey that will show her how she can beat Regina, and possibly take custody of Henry; and with Mary Margaret returning to work, Regina puts a plan in motion to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, with the Evil Queen's curse about to strike, Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter, but with a proviso that could also save his own son.
Here's the description for episode seven, the rather intriguingly titled "Noosphere Rising", which airs April 26:
MARTIN SEARCHES FOR TELLER'S WORKSHOP ON AN ALL-NEW "TOUCH" THURSDAY, APRIL 26, ON FOX
Martin attempts to find Teller's mysterious workshop and winds up aiding another professor, Logan, to win big at poker. Meanwhile, a young Italian man creates a viral video to track down the love of his life, whom he only met in passing, and a city slicker who plans to sell off his dead father's ranch, winds up learning a lesson from a horse that makes him appreciate the rural life his father chose. Then, Martin's sister-in-law, Abigail Kelsey, visits Clea and Jake at the board-and-care facility, much to Martin's dismay
Here's a new promo for season two of TNT"s alien invasion show, which premieres June 17. [KSiteTV]
Syfy has put out this description for the fifth and final season:
As Eureka's thrilling fifth and final season kicks off, the town is reeling after the Astraeus and her crew mysteriously vanished just before their planned launch to Titan. When they finally crash land, Allison and the crewmembers are shocked to find themselves back in Eureka – and that they've been missing for four years. As the town copes with the shocking personal changes that have happened during their long absence, Sheriff Carter and Henry try to uncover the truth about the forces behind the crew's bizarre disappearance – with deadly results.
They also confirm the return of season four guest stars Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day. [SpoilerTV]
Syfy also put out this description for their upcoming airing of the Canadian import's second season:
In the Lost Girl season two opener, a nomadic Fae sideshow comes to town to take advantage of the chaos caused by both the bombing of the Light Fae headquarters and the declining physical condition of The Ash. Lost Girl stars Anna Silk as Bo, co-starring Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson; Ksenia Solo as Kenzi; Zoie Palmer as Lauren; Rick Howland as Trick, and K.C. Collins as Hale.
Here's a set photo of Rachel Skarsten, who plays Dyson's new partner Tamsin, from the costume fitting for season three. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
The season finale will feature several flashbacks to a time when Elena's parents and Aunt Jenna were still alive, including the car crash that killed her parents. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.