Steven Moffat drops hints about the 12th Doctor's first adventure. Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy explains how J.J. Abrams will build the world of Star Wars: Episode VII. Check out a new Elysium clip. Plus Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Game of Thrones, and more!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Star Wars: Episode VII
At a recent Star Wars Celebration event in Essen, Germany, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that George Lucas has already shared all his story ideas with J.J. Abrams. Here are some more thoughts from Kennedy at the event:
“Much like many of you, looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feeling in what the early films did in combination with real locations and special effects — that’s something we’re looking very seriously at. We’re going to find some really cool locations for Ep VII. We’re going to use every tool in the toolbox for this movie… It’s using artwork that you can touch and feel in combination with CG effects… We know that if we don’t have great stories and great characters, then effects mean nothing… We have an opportunity to create some amazing new characters.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director Marc Webb identifies a quality this sequel will have that its predecessor lacked:
"I think what was maybe missing from the first movie a little bit is that sort of joyfulness of being Spider-Man... I was saying this before...what I loved about Spider-Man was that he was having a blast being Spider-Man. And I don't know if we've really seen that really embraced in any of the movies before."
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director Bryan Singer discusses the film's setting:
"It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class… It’s its own story, inspired by Days of Future Past. [Kitty Pryde is] the prime facilitator - it's her power that enables that to happen. But it's Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik has been gathering his power. They're in a radically different place."
Here’s a new clip. [Coming Soon]
Director Gareth Edwards explains how this movie offers a more realistic version of the Godzilla monster while still paying tribute to the 1954 original:
“In a way we approached it was, imagine in 1954 (when the first Godzilla movie was made), that this creature really existed and someone saw him from Toho, the Japanese studio, and went running back to the studio and said, ‘I’ve seen this creature and it kind of looked like this.’ And they tried to draw it and they tried to make a suit and they did a very good job of it but then, when you saw the real creature, you go ‘Okay, I totally understand how you got that suit from that creature but now I see the real thing. Oh my God, I totally believe that it’s completely real.’ And that’s how we approached it. We went through hundreds of designs, and never stopped playing really until the last minute and got to the point where it was like, ‘Is there anything else that we want to change about this design’? And I was like, personally no, I’m very happy with it. And Toho was very much a part of the approval process. So it’s a Toho approved design as well.”
He also discusses how best to balance human emotion with the epic CGI elements:
“I think the trick is not to think of the special effects or anything – and just think that this is really happening and there are giant monsters. Ask, ‘What would be the best story to tell that always involves humans?’ I don’t separate the two in my mind. You just picture the movie. What was so refreshing was that we would shoot scenes that sometimes had the creature in it and sometimes didn’t, but we would desperately try to make it work from an emotional point of view. Then, in the evenings, I would go to review things with the effects companies who are starting to put the visual effects in, and you’re like, ‘I completely forgot there’s a whole other layer to this!’ We have been painstakingly worrying about the characters and their journey and on top of that is this spectacle embedded in the whole film – and it makes you feel really good.”
There’s more at the link, including some hints about where Edwards might look for a potential sequel. [Screen Rant]
Peter Jackson posted these set photos from what is, at least for now, the last ever day of filming.
Steven Moffat says that the 12th Doctor’s first story will find him (and yes, he used the male pronoun to refer to the Doctor, for whatever that might be worth) surrounded by people he knows — the smart money is on Strax, Vastra, and Jenny, who he suggested will appear in the next series, though he doesn’t explicitly connect those two facts — and this will allow the new Doctor to face a more challenging adventure than he could normally in the immediate aftermath of a regeneration, as he will be around people he knows and in something of a comfort zone. He also says an older Doctor is a possibility. [Doctor Who TV]
It’s high time for another rumor of Paul McGann showing up in the 50th anniversary special. Or, more specifically, one rumor is that McGann will show up in a special prologue minisode, in which McGann’s Eighth Doctor regenerates into John Hurt’s incarnation. That does seem like a vaguely plausible rumor, but it’s still best to take these things with a grain of salt. [Bleeding Cool]
Jenna-Louise Coleman discusses how the 50th anniversary special could change Doctor Who forever:
”The whole episode is a massive celebration and it’s kind of about celebrating the last 50 years of Doctor Who, with a massive team of us all thrown in there but it’s quite a transformation episode and it very much changes the direction of where the show is going in quite a big way. It’s in the can and all the 3D and effects and everything like that is taking place as we speak.” [Metro]
Elsewhere, Coleman has again confirmed that she will be back for series eight. [KSiteTV]
Producer Marcus Wilson promises Matt Smith’s regeneration episode will top even the 50th anniversary special:
“I think the important thing for us is we want to give Matt the sendoff he deserves. We want to send the 11th Doctor out with a bang. So coming after the 50th anniversary, which has been our most ambitious episode yet, everybody wants to top that… and really give 11 the proper sendoff… [who will replace him is] all being worked out at the moment. The thing is, at the moment, we’re concentrating on Matt’s sendoff, so that’s the next stage after that.”
Game of Thrones
Some new set photos (and one video) from the filming in Iceland reveal a few things. First of all, there are a bunch of knights in armor — who apparently are from the Vale, the home of Lysa Arryn. And apparently, those scenes involve Arya Stark and the Hound, meaning we'll see the Hound trying to deliver Arya to her aunt. Also apparently filming scenes in Iceland: Gwendolyn Christie (Brienne) and Daniel Portman (Tyrion's squire Podrick), so it seems we'll see some of the storyline where they go in search of Arya and Sansa. [Visir via Winter is Coming]
Author George R.R. Martin drops some hints about what’s ahead in the fourth season:
"We have a big battle that the wonderful Neil Marshall that did the Battle of Blackwater back to direct, that's very exciting for me," Martin spills. "We have another Royal Wedding, this one is not red; this one is a different color. We have the introduction of some great new characters. We finally introduce one of the most popular characters from the books: Prince Oberon Martell. The Red Viper of Dorne will be introduced for the first time and there will be some other new characters that I think the fans will like. The Wildlings are continuing to move toward the wall. We'll see many of the characters, we'll see what happens to Tyrion and Cersei and Jaime and all of the remaining Starks, the few that are left and hopefully it will be another great season."
Once Upon a Time
Rose McIver, whose past credits include The Lovely Bones and, infinitely more importantly, the role of the Yellow Bear Ranger on Power Rangers RPM, has reportedly been cast as Tinkerbell for the third season. [EW]
Here’s an interview with creator Eric Kripke’s fellow Supernatural veteran Ben Edlund, who is joining the Revolution writing staff for season two.
Showrunner Jeremy Carver discusses some of what to expect in season nine:
"We're going to find Crowley essentially behind bars. The boys are dealing with a world that they haven't had to deal with in many seasons. Hell is not Hell without the King of Hell in Hell. The angels are not in heaven. ...There is something of a free-for-all. ...I think you're going to see this broken landscape where alliances are going to form. Some alliances that you've never seen our boys make before are going to have to be made. Some decisions that the boys would rather not make are going to have to be made very early on and are going to be very, very personal to the boys and are going to have a tremendous effect on the mythology and their relationship."
He also discusses the return of Jim Beaver as Bobby:
"You don't want to minimize a death. Death is death. ...So to that end, we're very, very careful about how we bring Bobby [back] and how Bobby comes back is a way that folks won't expect."
There’s more at the link. [Gather]
The Vampire Diaries
Executive producer Caroline Dries discusses Katherine’s role in the coming season:
“Katherine is actually going to be one of the main people this season — one of the main characters. So she’s going to be intertwined in their lives — not that they want her there. But she’s actually going to need them more than they need her.”
Here’s a teaser for episode twelve, “Second Last.”
American Horror Story: Coven
Show creator Ryan Murphy has tweeted that Denis O’Hare, who previously appeared in the first season as Larry Harvey and is probably best known for his work as Russell Edgington on True Blood, will return to the show for its third season. [EW]
Executive producer Jeff Davis says Scott is on a path to become the Alpha, possibly by the midseason finale:
“Scott is well on his way to becoming an Alpha,” answers exec producer Jeff Davis. “Whether he remains a True Alpha — one who doesn’t have to kill or steal the power — and who survives to make up his pack, might be the important questions.”
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.