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There's a rumor floating around that Rashida Jones is being considered for the part of Janet van Dyne. Of course, Janet appearing does not mean that the Wasp, her alter ego, will appear. The source for this is anonymous, so as always, deploy a major grain of salt. [Cinema Blend]
Asa Butterfield, who'll soon be seen as Ender Wiggin in Ender's Game, s campaigning his co-star, Harrison Ford, hard, for a very specific part in the new trilogy:
I’m trying to slip a word in. I’m writing him little notes and whispering into his [Harrison Ford's] ear when he’s asleep. Asa Butterfield…Han Solo Junior…
Guardians of the Galaxy
A tiny set report from The Guardian mentions that Groot wasn't being played by Vin Diesel, but a stand-in, saying Groot's only line, "I am Groot." Which means that if Diesel is playing Groot, as he's hinted, then he's not doing it via motion-capture. The report says that the space environments look gorgeous and that director James Gunn and the script seem to be following in Joss Whedon's style of having witty, but real, characters.
And the Guardian brings up an interesting theory: Marvel made a big deal of Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon but is curiously reticent to announce Diesel as Groot. But we know already that Thanos is going to be in the movie — so maybe Diesel's constant hints about playing Groot, and Marvel's refusal to confirm that role, are all an act to distract from Diesel's actual role, as Thanos. [The Guardian]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Bryan Singer tweeted a photo of the editing process (note the empty wheelchair on the screen) with this caption:
JohnOttman wants out of the cutting room so he can start writing the score. #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast Soon John!
Man of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman
Warner Bros.'s Greg Silverman singled out Wonder Woman when responding to a question about whether other DC heroes would appear in the sequel, saying:
We have been doing a lot of thinking for years about how to best use all those characters and we love them,. Wonder Woman is an amazing character. I think it's a great opportunity both for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero.
Asked directly if that meant that she'd be in the sequel, Silverman got all vague:
We are taking it all very seriously and are trying to do a plan that's respectful to those characters and maximizes the stories as best they can. So everything that has been speculated are things that we've thought about.
The last quote seems to be saying that every rumor we've been hearing about this movie has a chance of actually being true. Specifically, it hints that a Wonder Woman appearance has made it past discussions and into serious consideration. [Coming Soon]
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
James Spader has previously stated that he was doing some kind of modeling for his role as Ultron, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says that the production will be using his face and body to create a whole performance:
He’s a very unique and incredibly exciting and unpredictable actor. And Ultron in the comics is a robot, but what’s cool about him in the comics — and certainly how Joss Whedon is interpreting him for the movie — is that he is much more than just a robot. That he’s infused with much character. And I don’t want to say too much, but you can imagine James Spader will be very dynamic in his portrayal of the character.
We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Here's a new poster for the Captain America sequel:
Things aren't looking great for Darren Aronofsky's take on the Biblical tale. Sources say that the test screenings of different versions have all produced troubling results, and Paramount and the director are reportedly fighting over the final cut. Paramount screened it for a largely Jewish audience in New York, a largely Christian one in Arizona, and one just meant to represent the general public in Orange County, California. And all of the audiences had problems with his take on the Biblical story.
Some of these problems, the reports say, have to do with the fact that there aren't any real animals in the movie — all of them are CGI. Sources say Aronofsky's ignoring Paramount's suggested changes, but Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore will only say that they're "getting to a good place." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Watch this new TV spot:
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
No solid proof yet, but the reports out of Hong Kong are that Li Bingbing's playing a "freak female scientist" who manufactures Transformers. Reports are that she's called "the mother of Transformers." Is this character part of the previous rumor that we'd be seeing Circuit Breaker? [Transformer World]
I can't tell if this is a sign of network confidence or not: The premiere for the new sci-fi show from J.J. Abrams has been pushed back from November 4 to a two-day event on November 17 and 18. Fox says this is to take advantage of an NFL double header on Sunday the 17th and give the new show a strong lead-in. However, the change also lets Fox keep its current Bones/Sleepy Hollow line-up, which has been so strong, for a while longer. Either way, reset your DVRs. [LA Times]
Jill Marie Jones has been cast as the recurring character of Cynthia, Captain Frank Irving's ex-wife. She'll first appear on November 25, along with Mae, their daughter (Amandla Stenberg). [The Hollywood Reporter]
Agents of SHIELD
Chloe Bennet told TV Guide that this season will continue to explore Skye's reason for being a member of the Rising Tide and going into SHIELD:
What I know for sure about Skye's intentions is that she has a really good heart and she's never out to put any harm on anyone and she's not a bad person at all, in my mind. That's kept up through the episodes we're shooting, and we're on Episode 9. She has really good intentions and she just wants the truth about everything. Like most hackers, she thinks that the public should know the truth. But through her time with S.H.I.E.L.D., she's realizing like when you're a kid and your parents don't tell you stuff because you can't handle it, maybe that's the best. She's learning a lot. Her intentions are always very pure, but then she has this side of her that's fiery. She lived on her own for quite some time. She's out to find out some information about herself. Like anyone who has a lifelong goal, they're going to stick to it. She's very driven.
She also addressed the complaints about the show's failure to develop the characters:
Throughout the early episodes, viewers have been complaining about the lack of character and team development. Will those aspects be explored soon?
Bennet: Definitely. It's funny that people say that. Sometimes I just want to say, "Have patience!" We have a lot to set up in this universe. There's a lot of complicated topics that we have to touch base on. Why is Coulson still alive? How is Coulson alive? Is it Coulson? We're only on the fourth episode and this is the first season. Hopefully we go on for many seasons to come and we can develop characters in a nice, beautiful way. There's definitely a lot of character development. Even watching the pilot, it was funny to see that because it's so great to see how different our characters are now and how much they've developed since then. We all spend time on a plane together, so you're developing friendships with other people. You'll start to see Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) not just hang out with each other, Simmons and Skye's relationship develop, and Skye and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen). We have some smart people running our show, so I think the audience will be pleased, for sure by what happens in these next coming episodes.
There's tons more at the link. [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
Here are some set photos showing that, yes, we will be spending more time in Storybrooke. Specifically, at Regina's house with Jiminy Cricket. [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Coven
Taissa Farmiga says that Zoe's going to develop some new, more normal, powers than what she's shown so far:
She's getting to develop some slightly more normal abilities, if you can call anything witchy normal. When the new Supreme starts to rise, the old Supreme gets weaker. Fiona is starting to notice that and needs to figure out what is going on... Each [of the girls] seems to have her moment in the spotlight, but you never know who it could be.
Joseph Morgan tweeted:
What an intense week! Episode 8 is going to be the best we've done, I feel it. Oh, you're in for a treat ;)
The Vampire Diaries
Here are two clips from Thursday's episode, "For Whom the Bell Tolls":
Stars Joseph Gilgun and Nathan McMullen said that this season's going to be more about the powers than ever before:
McMullen: Yeah, well, it’s the final season and we want to go out with a bang and I think the storylines are really fast-paced as well. I guess the first few episodes do try to revert back to the original style of the show where it was a bit gritty and messy.
Gilgun: It’s a bit more power-based as well. I think people missed the powers last year because there weren’t many power-type scenes where they could see us using them, so this year there’s a lot more. As a result, it’s been a fucking ball-ache to film.
While Gilgun said there wouldn't be any more Rudys, McMullen said that Finn's not going to be that much better with his power:
Where it was left off with the four horsemen of the apocalypse, with him shooting one across the corridor, I kind of hoped he’d come back and start moving cars and stuff. You know what? I think he gets too big for his own boots in this series and that’s one of the consequences. He just reverts back to being terrible at using his power.
More at the link. [Den of Geek]
Beauty and the Beast
Here's a video interview with Kristen Kreuk and Jay Ryan discussing Cat and Vincent's relationship. [Buddy TV]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Hot Head":
In episode five, Ariadne and Jason resolve some trust issues and subtly admit to having feelings for one another. Also having a romantic moment is Hercules, who gets subplot in the form of a love affair. More at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Below is the synopsis for episode 2.08, "Come Blow Your Horn":
Miles and the gang work to escape their situation; Rachel and Gene's difficult relationship affects Charlie; Neville makes a move.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm