A Torchwood star joins Game of Thrones. Ender's Game and Oblivion are going IMAX. Catching Fire adds another tribute. David Duchovny wants X-Files 3 to happen, possibly even to kick off a whole new X-Files franchise. Plus Kick-Ass 2 and World's End updates!
Spoilers from here on out!
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Battle: Los Angeles and S.W.A.T. actor Bruce Mitchell has reportedly been cast as Chaff, described as "the District 11 tribute who previously played in the 45th Hunger Games and returns for the 75th Anniversary 'celebration.'" [Coming Soon]
Lionsgate has confirmed that the movie will premiere in IMAX theaters as part of its November 1, 2013 release. Studio CEO Jon Feltheimer is also thinking about this movie as the first of a franchise, albeit one with source material that could prove increasingly tricky to translate:
"There's a lot of books. We're excited about the franchise... it's a very different kind of franchise than 'The Hunger Games.'"
Tom Cruise and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's post-apocalyptic movie will be released in IMAX on April 12, 2013, a week before its general release on April 19. This announcement also included a slightly more detailed synopsis for the movie:
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
The apocalyptic conclusion to Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost's Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy — which also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz — has added its first cast member beyond Pegg and Frost. Rosamund Pike, whose previous credits include An Education and Wrath of the Titans, will reportedly joined the cast in an as yet undisclosed role. [Daily Mail]
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who plays the villainous Red Mist, discuss the sequel in general and reveals how it will acknowledge that Hit Girl actress Chloe Moretz has clearly aged significantly since the first film:
"They wrote an incredible script. I think she's going into 9th grade in this which is really smart. They didn't keep her 11 as she was in the first one. They kind of aged it up a bit. And it's super violent and bloody and funny and it's got a great cast. I'm really excited. I fly out to London in a week to get started."
You can check out a full video interview with Mintz-Plasse at the link. [Collider]
Nikita costar Lyndsy Fonseca confirms she is back as Kick-Ass's girlfriend Katie in the sequel. She also discusses Chloe Moretz's role before delving into how she herself fits into all this:
"I read it. I think I read the latest draft — I don't think there's been a new one — and it was fantastic. It actually plays really well with how Chloe has grown up a little bit, but she's not yet a young woman. I loved it. I think it's really good...[Katie is] just in the beginning, so far. I'm just happy to be involved. She's still the strange Katie – somewhat girl next door but has strange, drug-addict boyfriends and works at the needle exchange. Very contradicting personality traits... It's still that weird!"
The X-Files 3
Star David Duchovny says the window to do a third movie isn't closing anytime soon — basically, he's only going to rule it out when someone indispensable to the franchise actually dies — and he very much wants another one to happen:
I would love to do another film, or more. I think we're all game for it. I know I'm kind of perplexed that Fox isn't more [enthusiastic]. Here's a homegrown property that you don't have to go buy, like fuckin' Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you've got an actual action franchise that's your own. It's weird to me, but I'm not an executive. I don't know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I'm just using that as an example of, "Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?" I don't get it, but that's not my business. I think Chris [Carter] is probably working on an idea, so we'll see.
He also gives his take on why the last movie failed:
Unfortunately, with the last one, they didn't spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer. It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film. It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it's not going to happen. You're not going to be sold as an independent film, and you're not going to compete against Batman with $25 million.
Breaking Dawn: Part 2
Here's an international trailer.
Here's a round of promo photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's another character poster of Bella and Edward's half-human, half-vampire child Renesmee, who telepathically falls in love with Jacob while still a newborn. You know, even after all that, the silliest part of that last sentence still might be her name. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some character posters for the upcoming animated horror comedy (using those terms rather loosely). Although, I will say the words "Adam Sandler is Dracula" did actually send shivers down my spine. [First Showing]
We already kind of knew this, since Matt Smith has repeatedly said he will be still be the Doctor for the 50th Anniversary Special, but he has now confirmed that he will be involved in series eight as well, and that Steven Moffat is already working on ideas for it:
"His first episode sounds great. It hasn't been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you'd expect from Steven. So there's a lot to look forward to. When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, ‘Are you ready to cry?'"
The Sun, who have the original quote, say that Smith revealed he will stay in the role "until at least 2014", although they don't have a precise quote on that last bit. As such, since series eight will almost certainly be split around a 50th Anniversary Special (presumably in November) and a 2013 Christmas Special, it's still conceivable that Smith might just appear in the first half of series 8, then regenerate in one of the two specials to let the 12th Doctor finish out the season. I personally think it's more likely he's seeing series 8 through to its conclusion sometime in the spring of 2014 — and then, in all likelihood, regenerating — but that's not 100% confirmed by what seems to be here. [The Sun]
Here are some more set photos, which show Jenna-Louise Coleman wearing 21st century clothes — which may or may not be in character as the new companion Clara — as well as the Doctor, Madame Vastra, and Jenny standing over a nineteenth century grave. Photos courtesy of WENN.com. For more on the set photos, go here.
Game of Thrones
Former Torchwood star Burn Gorman, who also had a key henchman role in The Dark Knight Rises, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Life Aquatic actor Noah Taylor have both reportedly been spotted on set recently. Specifically, they have reportedly been seen filming in Belfast with various Night's Watch members, including James Cosmo as Jeor Mormont and John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Since they are filming in scenes in Belfast instead of in Iceland, the current speculation is that Gorman and Taylor are playing fellow Night's Watch members under attack at the Fist of the First Men. [Winter Is Coming]
The Walking Dead
AMC has announced that season three will premiere on October 14, with the first eight episodes running as a continuous block before taking a midseason break, just like with season two. The final eight episodes of the season will air starting in early 2013. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's the description for the third episode of season two, "Bad Moon Rising", which is set to air Monday, August 27:
NICK AND HANK FIND THEMSELVES IN THE MIDDLE OF A DISTURBING FAMILY REUNION WHEN HANK'S OLD FRIEND SEEKS HIS HELP TO FIND HIS MISSING DAUGHTER — MADDIE HASSON, JOHN PYPER-FERGUSON AND MARK PELLEGRINO GUEST-STAR – As Hank (Russell Hornsby) continues to seek help to cope with the inexplicable siting he had, an old friend, Jarold Kempfer (guest star Mark Pellegrino), needs his help when his daughter (guest star Maddie Hasson) goes missing. Nick's (David Giuntoli) expertise as a Grimm comes in to play as he investigates the disturbing motives linked to the disappearance. Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.
Here are some promo images for this Sunday's second season finale, "A More Perfect Union." A short description is below, which includes mention of the big guest star:
When skitters approach the newly combined resistance force, the groups' interaction surprises everyone. Meanwhile, Tom finds out life-changing news just as the 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with their most dangerous threat to date. Terry O'Quinn guest-stars.
Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "When Push Comes To Shove." As you can probably guess from the title, it sees the return of the wayward team member Nina.
Byron Mann, who appeared as both Commander Cheng and Kern on Smallville and can be seen in RZA's upcoming martial arts film The Man With The Iron Fists, has reportedly been cast in a recurring role on The CW's Green Arrow show as "an enigmatic man who has a complex connection to Oliver Queen/Arrow", which suggests Mann's character knows Oliver Queen both in and out of his superhero identity. [Deadline]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.