Jaimie Alexander explains why Alan Taylor was the perfect guy to take on Thor: The Dark World, while Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje reveals how he became the villainous curse. Mark Millar reveals 20th Century Fox's Wolverine strategy. Plus Guillermo del Toro provides the latest updates on all his upcoming projects!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Pacific Rim.
Thor: The Dark World
Sif actress Jaimie Alexander discusses the difference between the first Thor and its sequel as well as the differences between each film's director, Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor:
They're two very different people, but both have extraordinary visions for what the film should look like and what it is going to look like. Alan, I feel like the second installment of Thor is much darker, much more rooted in what's going on in the soul, whereas Ken's version definitely had that soulfulness but was also lighter and there's an elegance to his film. They're so different, it's hard to explain because they're both very different in a positive way...So we can do it again and he puts his spin on it. He's got some incredible shots in that film.
Alexander then confirms that she has a somewhat expanded role in The Dark World:
I do, a little bit. You get to experience more of who she is on the inside. You get to see her in a more feminine way and we do explore the Thor/Sif relationship a little bit. That was fun.
Would you say you have more action-oriented scenes, more character-oriented scenes...
Oh, I definitely have action. But there are scenes, we have a few scenes where we don't have any action at all and it was actually a lot of fun to play that because you're not hiding behind a sword or an explosion, it's just here, in your face. It was nice to see who she really is and that sort of thing. It was fun.
She also explains the importance of location shooting in establishing the movie's cosmic, majestic tone:
So much of this film is the set and the locations that we were in, they're almost like a character themselves. We filmed in an area called Bourne Wood outside of London and just some of the most beautiful rolling hills with green gorgeous trees. I do believe Robin Hood was filmed there and lots of things film there, but just to be on that ground where we had a battle sequence and just go, "Wow, a lot of people have been here." That was what it was, the history in England and what has happened on those grounds and to be a Viking on those grounds. It added some sort of majestic feel to it that maybe wasn't there 100% on the set inside a studio in California.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Here's some more from Lost's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje about his role as the villainous Kurse:
"I didn't actually know an awful lot about that character and when I did my research in the comics there wasn't an awful lot. But with the director and myself, we sat down and looked at what was traditionally known as Kurse and we tried to put our spin on it. There was quite a bit of creative license in how I would interpret him but the wardrobe, the setting, they were phenomenal. When I set into that outfit, I was Kurse. The did such an amazing job it made my job so easy. There were all these different factions, a different person was making the helmet, a different person making the arms, they all came together prior to the shoot, but in terms of my research before I didn't do an awful lot but once I got into the outfit it set it off. I think the fans are going to be pleased."
There's some more at the link, as Akinnouye-Agbaje becomes the latest actor to throw his hat into the ring to play Black Panther. [MTV Splash Page
Comics writer and 20th Century Fox creative consultant Mark Millar says it's a good thing to occasionally let Wolverine strike off on his own for a self-contained story, letting him have a break from the main X-Men franchise:
"Oh, absolutely. I've no worries about it at all. You know, I wrote the Wolverine comic twice – I did the Old Man Logan story and Wolverine: Enemy Of The State – and I don't think it detracts having individual Wolverine adventures from the X-Men. He's like a lone wolf character, he disappears and does his own thing sometimes and then he comes back and hangs out at the mansion, so it does feel quite natural to for him to be in these movies. You don't want to have him out there all the time, because I think if you've got him in X-Men and Wolverine movies and they're all running at the same time, it's a little bit too much but as long as you're smart with it and there's a lot of other characters to explore as well. The X-Men universe is about the same size as the Marvel universe in terms of the number of titles it sustains at any one time, so there's a ton of stuff to play with there and a lot of characters I'd like to explore there too."
Director Guillermo del Toro says he would likely shoot the potential sequel in 3D instead of converting it from 2D to 3D like he has done with the current film:
Yes. Provided, at that point, that the technology is becoming easier and easier…
Initially you didn't want it to be converted...
Even then they were super respectful. By then we were already getting ILM shots. I was realizing that out of 100 shots, maybe 10% of the shots were risky. They said, "If we go 2D on those shots, we can do it." Then I gave them my list of conditions. They spent twice of what they normally spend on [this process], because they gave me the chance to pay ILM to do every single shot in native 3D. They aren't being converted. So all the big 3D effects shots are being done by ILM from the get go. Normally they give a movie a 14 to 16 week conversion time [for 3D]. I started the conversion back in September. So it's six months for conversion. It's very classy.
The Haunted Mansion
Guillermo del Toro discusses his plans for his decided non-Eddie Murphy take on the amusement ride-based franchise:
"Haunted Mansion" is very much alive and in process. Disney is very supportive and we are doing another draft of the screenplay… Yet another draft… And they really want to do it. I know we're going to talk about other possible directors, for me to produce, and having written it, produce it for somebody else.
What's the tone going to be like?
It's going to be scary. Hopefully it will be fun scary, rather than funny scary. It's going to be fun but the idea is to make it scary like when you go through the ride as the kid – part of you is charmed and part of you wants to get out of there.
Beauty and the Beast
Guillermo del Toro also gives an update on his fairy tale adaptation, slated to star Harry Potter actress Emma Watson:
We just got the first draft from Andrew Davies, who wrote some BBC Charles Dickens miniseries, to great effect, including two of my favorites of his – "Little Dorrit" and "Bleak House." I love his work. So we just got it. I'm doing a pass myself and then we'll send it to the studio for reactions.
Here's the final trailer for this Friday's series finale, "Liberty"/"An Enemy of Fate." [Fringe Televison]
And here's a bunch of cast interviews to get you pumped and/or wistfully nostalgic, probably.
The sixteenth episode is reportedly called "Nameless" and will feature a guest character named Dominick, who is the owner of a video game company. [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a sneak peek for this Sunday's episode, "In the Name of the Brother."
The show is currently casting a pair of apparently connected guest roles for episode seventeen:
- Owen, a free-spirited 10-year-old who is mourning his mother's tragic death
- Ben, a 40-year-old, kind widower who is trying to help his son deal with the loss of his mother
Here are some promo photos from the January 23 episode, "LARP and the Real Girl", which features the return of Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury. [TV Line]
Executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti discuss the show's continuing evolution:
Guggenheim: When we initially started the show, we had this engine of the list, and Oliver was going to go through and cross names off the list each week and they were always going to be one-percenters. We will always keep the one-percenter thing alive, but his trajectory as a character is probably away from that laser-like focus on the one-percenters, but that's just [so we can] tell the story of Oliver going from vigilante to hero.
Berlanti: A very traditional model for this kind of show is, 'What does your hero learn at the end of the episode? What's the takeaway?' What we realized rather quickly is, we have a guy who learned a lot of things on an island so that could survive — [things] that, in a lot of ways, he has to unlearn. So rather than have a hero who always has to learn something, [he has to] regain his humanity...We were able to go through the hell of the first seven or eight [episodes] that I think you have to go to, to sort of calibrate how to make a good episode and how to make it on time and on budget and all that stuff, and [we started] to get real, true audience feedback about what people are enjoying most. So this next run of episodes is the byproduct of a conversation we've had with the audience and then also our own learning curve in terms of how to make better episodes.
There's a ton more at the link, but my favorite bit of news is that Farscape star Ben Browder will appear in episode eleven as Diggle's former commanding officer and mentor, which is my favorite because it involves Farscape. Guggenheim also reveals how Once Upon a Time's David Anders will play an entirely new villain in episode fourteen:
We wanted to have a villain who was purely sociopathic and without conscience and limitations, but also someone who was so incredibly smart that his tactics and the intelligence of his strategy would rival Oliver's tactics and ability to strategize. We'd been having so much fun with established DC villains that we thought it was time to create someone new and add a new toy to the toy box. The fun about Vanch is that he's absolutely ruthless, but at the same time, a great tactician. He's the thinking man's villain.
They also confirm that Deadshot did in fact survive his early battle with Oliver, and he will return in an alliance with China White in the sixteenth episode. Seriously, check out the link for more. [Huffington Post]
Here's a preview for tonight's midseason premiere, entitled "Burned", from Marc Guggenheim.
Here are some promo photos for next week's episode, "Trust But Verify." [SpoilerTV]
Greg Berlanti confirms Jessica De Gouw will return as Helena Bertinelli, alias the Huntress:
"She's going to come back. We're just writing that episode right now... We like to think of her as the crazy ex-girlfriend. So if you can only imagine the turns…her mission isn't done or complete yet. She wanted to kill her dad, and he's still alive."
Being Human (US)
Here's a promo for next Monday's episode, "Dead Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
Here's the latest trailer.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.