David S. Goyer wants to make it damn clear that the fans aren't writing the Man of Steel sequel. J.J. Abrams might shoot parts of Episode VII with IMAX cameras. Michael Bay releases the most Michael Bay photo imaginable from the Transformers: Age of Extinction set. The Giver adds to its cast. It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Doctor Who, just because.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Richard Gelfond, the CEO of IMAX, says his team has had some conversations with J.J. Abrams and the Episode VII creative team about using IMAX cameras in the film. Abrams previously used IMAX cameras for some shot in Star Trek Into Darkness, and Gelfond says the plan would be for Abrams to “partly” use IMAX cameras in shooting the film. If Abrams were to go ahead with this, it would make Episode VII the first Star Wars film not shot exclusively in CinemaScope, although I’m not sure how much that really matters when so much of what we saw in the prequels was CGI. [Heat Vision]
Man of Steel 2
Writer David S. Goyer says he can't worry too much about what the fans will think of this film:
“One of the things that has been fun for us, is we’re a bit a further along than what I think people realize. From a fan point of view, we’re conscious of that when you’re working on these things, but you can’t let yourself be paralyzed by that. At the end of the day you still have to create something. And if you try and think, ‘Well what would the fans like’ then you stop being creative. It’s sort of like where does it end? You have to write the story that you want to write, and hope that people want to see it.”
His healthy disdain for fan input aside – in all seriousness, this probably is the right approach, but I doubt he’d be giving quotes like this if fan reaction to Man of Steel weren’t quite so polarized – Goyer also says he doesn’t see how Batman could really defeat Superman, so I guess keep that in mind in case this film does feature conflict between the two heroes:
“Most comic book purists would say Batman [would win] because he is the ultimate strategist. Even though it makes no sense whatsoever. If Superman just flicked his finger Batman would be done for.”
Thor: The Dark World
Here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette.
And here’s a pair of character posters. [First Showing]
Here’s a TV spot.
Here are some promo stills. [Coming Soon]
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Michael Bay has released an official photo and, shocker of shockers, there are some explosions in it. Also, Michael Bay appears to operate a camera rig with the well-balanced stance I would normally associate with someone operating a machine gun. I suppose all I have to say is: Thank you, Michael Bay, thank you.
Independence Day 2
If you’re wondering which rising young actor is going to be rumored for a role in every big upcoming project, I think we now have an answer, and it’s Michael B. Jordan. The Chronicle and Fruitvale Station star reportedly met with director Roland Emmerich about a major role in the Independence Day sequel. The report suggests that Jordan would be positioned as the franchise’s new star, assuming Will Smith isn’t interested in continuing, although one possibility would be to pair them up for this initial sequel and have Smith “pass the torch” to Jordan, who would then be the star of any subsequent installments. Jordan has previously been attached to the role of the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four and has supposedly met with J.J. Abrams about a Star Wars role, so if current trends in casting rumors continue, by 2015 all major male roles will be played by Jordan, with Saoirse Ronan taking on all female roles. I’m actually pretty okay with that. [The Wrap]
Moving on to a casting rumor that somehow involves neither Michael B. Jordan nor Saoirse Ronan, Spider-Man 3 star Bryce Dallas Howard is reportedly in early talks to join the cast of Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park movie. She would reportedly be taking on one of the lead roles in the movie, although no further details are currently available. [The Wrap]
Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins costar Katie Holmes is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the Jeff Bridges-starring adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel. Holmes would reportedly play the strictly law-abiding mother of Jonas, the boy who is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memories. Since Holmes is only 11 years older than Brenton Thwaites, the 24-year-old actor slated to play Jonas, this seems like a fairly good indication that Thwaites will be playing the part as though he’s at least a bit younger than his actual age. The same report also indicates the plan is to shoot most of the film in South Africa, although scenes with Meryl Streep as the community’s authoritarian Chief Elder will likely be shot in the United Kingdom to accommodate her Into the Woods schedule. [Heat Vision]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Here’s Marvel’s short description for the fourth episode, “Eye Spy”:
Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. But when the woman’s identity is revealed, a troubling secret stands to ruin Coulson, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin teases another wedding for next season:
"Well, we have another wedding, a bigger wedding. 77 courses and all of the royal kingdom has assembled and it's supposed to be pretty amazing. We just finished filming it in Croatia. I unfortunately couldn't attend myself because they have me chained at my desk writing the next book, but from all the reports it was spectacular."
The Walking Dead
Here are the titles and brief descriptions for the first four episodes of season four:
EPISODE 401: 30 Days Without An Accident – Rick and the group are as close to an ideal life as possible at the prison. Will they be able to hold on to humanity in the face of a new evil?
EPISODE 402: Infected – As the group faces a brand new enemy, Rick and the others must fight to protect the livelihood they worked so hard to create at the prison.
EPISODE 403: Isolation – A group leaves the prison to search for supplies; the remaining members of the group deal with recent losses.
EPISODE 404: Indifference – The supply mission faces hurdles; the situation at the prison worsens.
Person of Interest
Here’s the official description for next Tuesday’s episode, “Nothing to Hide”:
THE TEAM GETS THE NUMBER OF AN INTERNET DATA BROKER WHOSE LIFE IS BEING DISMANTLED BY AN UNKNOWN ASSAILANT, AND CARTER IS SADDLED WITH A NEW ROOKIE PARTNER, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, OCT. 1
"Nothing To Hide" - The number comes up for an Internet entrepreneur in the business of eliminating people's privacy, but finds his own being rapidly stripped away. As his life spirals out of control, Reese tries to protect him while Finch calls on Shaw, Carter and Fusco for help finding whoever is after him. Meanwhile, Carter finds herself unexpectedly paired with new rookie partner, Mike Laskey, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Oct. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Here’s the promo for the next episode, “There Will Be Blood.”
And here’s the official description for the upcoming episode “Love Story,” which airs October 9:
BRUSHES WITH DEATH PAINT THE BIG PICTURE IN WILLOUGHBY, WHILE DARING RESCUE ATTEMPTS ARE MADE - Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) makes a valiant attempt to rescue Miles (Billy Burke) and to escape with an ailing Tribesman's wife, while Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Jason (JD Pardo) are caught off-guard, assaulted by violent refugees. Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Adam (Patrick Heusinger) are at odds over what to do with Monroe (David Lyons). Legions of Tribesmen threaten all of Willoughby but with questionable leadership and Aaron (Zak Orth) faces death, yet again. Also starring Stephen Collins, Jessica Collins, Jason Douglas, Matt Ross, Richard T. Jones, Nicole Ari Parker and Deborah Puette.
Once Upon a Time
Here are some teases for the first two episodes of the third season. Check out the link for a bunch more:
— If you think all mermaids are sweet and full of goodness like Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who we'll meet in the November 3 episode), think again.
— Someone voluntarily takes a swim on the voyage.
— More than one person dies in the first hour.
— Though I won't say Captain Swan shippers will be completely satisfied, Hook definitely doesn't hide his interest in a certain blonde on the show.
— Gold/Rumple does what he usually does: takes matters into his own hands. (He is so not a team player!)
— No signs of new romance for Regina... yet... but Lana Parrilla does have some of the best lines in the episode. And, as you'd expect, the sea air does not stop her from looking amazing!
— We know Neal is alive and we'll see him encounter more than a few familiar faces.
There’s also a ton of intriguing tidbits over at E! Online, including this hint from co-creator Adam Horowitz about The Little Mermaid’sAriel and her beau Prince Eric:
"Our take on Prince Eric is slightly different then what you saw in the movie, but it is hopefully honoring what people adore about that movie. Though our Ariel (JoAnna Garcia) really focuses much more on her and her journey and she also has a connection to one of our characters that you'll see in her story."
Here’s the official synopsis for the second episode of season two, “Identity”:
DC COMICS’ BRONZE TIGER AND CHINA WHITE WREAK HAVOC ON THE GLADES — Oliver (Stephen Amell) finds out the medicine that is being sent to Glades Memorial is being hijacked by thieves. Without an influx of supplies, the hospital will close. Roy (Colton Haynes) attempts to stop the thieves, but he fails and is arrested by Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White (guest star Kelly Hu) and her new partner, Ben Turner, AKA the Bronze Tiger (guest star Michael Jai White), over the supplies. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) makes plans to catch the Arrow, and Thea (Willa Holland) gives Roy an ultimatum. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz (#202).
The Vampire Diaries
Costar Candice Accola discusses the status of Caroline’s relationship with Tyler:
"We will see other male characters in the series that will be in college and that are good looking. So, there's definitely opportunity for temptation or flirting or whatever young freshman in college do, but Caroline is still holding onto her relationship with Tyler. They definitely care for each other, but we'll see that things have changed. It does parallel what young relationships go through when they move to college and are in two separate places. You're trying to figure out yourself and your life and your path and trying to meet other people. It's a lot for a relationship to withstand. So, we'll see how long she's able to do that."
Co-creator Julie Plec offers some thoughts on the show, starting with the various factions in New Orleans:
“The Originals want it because they helped build it. Marcel wants it because he’s developed a community of vampires who can run around without a lot of restrictions. The witches can’t leave without giving up access to all their ancestral magic. And the humans are like, ‘Hands off, everybody. We’ve been here just as long as you have. It’s still a human’s town.’ Everybody’s fighting for a home to call their own and a place to plant their roots for themselves and for their family.
‘[The Originals are] so amazing on The Vampire Diaries. Why would you hurt The Vampire Diaries by deleting them?’ My point is, the Originals, as phenomenal as they were on The Vampire Diaries, were actually hurting the show in the long run because there were too many hero stories to tell. The minute Klaus ceased to be the true day-to-day villain, we had not one, not two, not three heroes, we had a redundancy of heroes that, in our opinion, actually made the storytelling very difficult although it was delicious to watch. For me, it’s the idea of like getting a two-hour episode every week. It’s like if Glee made two shows — one in New York and one in high school.”
I’m going to have to check with the judges here, but I’m pretty sure that’s a burn. [EW]
Meanwhile, costar Phoebe Tonkin discusses Hayley and Klaus’s expected baby:
"Each episode is different. They go between resenting each other and protecting each other a little bit. But they have some really beautiful moments. They're both in this ... and are in situations they didn't ask for. ... [They] realize they're now the parents of something else and they can't be as selfish."
American Horror Story: Coven
Here’s a bunch of cast photos, followed by a pair of teasers. [SpoilerTV]
Here are the opening credits for the new season. [Coming Soon]
And now let’s finish things off with what has to be the longest official plot synopsis I’ve ever seen. Also, this episode is called “Bitchcraft,” in case you were somehow unaware of that fact:
1834. New Orleans. The evil and perverse Madame LaLaurie, who bathes in the blood of others in an attempt to stay young, punishes a servant for having been seduced by her daughter Pauline by transforming him into a beast… not by magic, but by far more gruesome means.
Today. Orlando, Florida. Teenaged Zoe Benson, upon losing her virginity, learns in a terribly horrific way that she’s a witch. It runs in her family, who descended from the witches at Salem, but only manifests in some of her family, not all of it. None of the real witches at Salem were burned; they escaped suspicion and fled to New Orleans. Zoe is forcibly sent to a witches’ boarding school there, Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, never to see her mother again. There, after a terrifying ordeal, she meets her new classmates: spoiled brat teenage movie star Madison Montgomery, who can move objects with her mind; the feisty Queenie, a human voodoo doll, who can inflict her wounds on the person who gave them to her; and Nan, who has Down’s Syndrome… and is clairvoyant. Zoe also meets the Head Mistress, Cordelia Foxx, and mute, sullen butler Spalding. In its heyday, the school had over sixty students, but today witches are a dying breed. Zoe learns that most witches learn a few spells, but in each generation there is a “Supreme,” who embodies countless magical “gifts” – perhaps all of them. But Cordelia also warns Zoe that their kind are still under threat of being persecuted and burned alive… like young Misty Day, who terrified the folks at her church when she discovered she could raise the dead.
We next meet Fiona, a wealthy witch obsessed with eternal youth, and frustrated that her attempts to obtain it – both scientific and magical – continually end in failure. She is Cordelia’s mother, and they have a fraught history. While Cordelia wants to teach the girls to live peacefully, Fiona – who is the Supreme – wants to teach them to make the world fear them. Meanwhile, Madison takes Zoe to a frat party, where Zoe meets the sweet, grounded Kyle, but the other frat boys are not so kind – and will regret the horror they visit upon Madison. Later, Fiona takes the girls to visit the home of the legendary Madame LaLaurie, who, we learn, was killed by the Voodoo Queen as revenge for her murder of her lover… and Nan sees ominous portents of the future”
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.