Top image: The World's End.
Luc Besson is making the biggest-budget movie to ever come out of French production EuropaCorp. CEO Christophe Lambert says the movie will have, “the highest budget in the history of EuropaCorp… Luc Besson has never put so many special effects in a movie.”
The film features Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule who gains superpowers when her cargo seeps into her bloodstream. Morgan Freeman plays a neurologist who can help her survive.
Comic creator James O’Barr has been hired as a creative consultant for The Crow remake. He will be appearing at Comic-Con with Relativity Media. O’Barr says:
It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon [Lee] and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.
The movie adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book is picking up steam. Brenton Thwaites has been cast as the lead character Jonas, a boy assigned to become the town’s next Giver. The Giver is responsible for remembering the community’s past. And the character is being majorly aged up. In the book, Jonas is 12 and Thwaites is 24. [/Film]
The Maze Runner
Click here for five stills from The Maze Runner. The movie is based on the dystopian YA book of the same title, about a boy who wakes up with no memory in an ever-changing labyrinth. He and the other trapped boys work to find a way to survive and escape. The movie stars Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf). [MTV News]
Paramount has released official pictures of Bumblebee in Transformers 4. It looks like Bee is transforming himself into a newer model Camaro.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
William Fichtner talks about how his character Shredder has gotten a new origin story and been altered in the upcoming film. This explains why a decidedly non-Japanese man was cast in the role.
“I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence.”
He goes on to say Michael Bay has unsurprisingly taken a different interpretation of the source material:
“But Turtles is coming together very, very cool. There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it’s not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I’m pretty excited.”
The World’s End
Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Here's the movie's final trailer, which shows more of the human story of the people inside the giant robots — including the main character Raleigh's relationships with Mako and Stacker Pentecost.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare's novel series. [ComingSoon.net]
TNT has ordered a 10-episode fourth season of Fallen Skies for summer 2014. The show is basic cable's #1 scripted series with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 this summer.
Once Upon a Time
Executive Producer Adam Horowitz has tweeted the season premiere will be called “The Heart Of The Truest Believer.” [Ksite TV]
Somebody will die in the season finale. In fact, two characters will face death, but a sacrifice will save one of them. [TV Guide]
And here's the promo for the season finale:
Actress Phoebe Tonkin talks about what is coming up for her character, Hayley:
I think at the moment, Hayley is just holding on for her life right now, because she knows that if Klaus doesn’t help these witches that she is in a lot of trouble. So I think maybe in the next episode, we’re really going to see Hayley actually deal with the information that she is pregnant and that she is a young woman with a child, or a child about to come....
I think [Klaus and Hayley] got together very much as a one-night kind of thing. But now that they’ve been face to face, I think they’re going to have to reassess their relationship with each other.
Show creator J.H. Wyman talks about the inspiration for the human/robot cop show.
Actually the inception of it — I’m a big fan of old shows like Six Million Dollar Man, things like that — but really how it came about was I’m actually desperately afraid of technology and how it’s sort of changing us and in what ways. And I started to notice some from very profound ways in my daughter, who’s 21. She would text me all the time, and I would always say to her, “Don’t text me. Pick up the phone and call me. I want to hear your voice. I’m your dad, when I hear your voice, I know when you’re okay or not.” But it was one of those things where she was like, “Dad, we just don’t communicate like that anymore.” I was like, “Wow, that’s really strange.” But other things started to occur to me about our connection and how we’re failing. Like if you and I have some sort of problem and I say, “I’m sorry,” and I have to come to you and say, “Listen, man. I’m really sorry about what I did. It was a mistake. Will you forgive me?”, a whole bunch of things are going on in my head, in my brain. Chemicals are firing, and I’m feeling empathy. I’m feeling remorse and things, and it’s very hard for me to have to get closer to you in order for you to forgive me. But usually in a text I can just say, “Hey, man. I’m so sorry. We all good?” And that’s the end of it, so there’s no connection.
And hints there is something not quite right with the robot half of the partnership:
I tell you what, we can say this: he was discontinued for a reason. [Laughs] Is that fair?
There is a lot more at the full interview. [IGN]
More casting news:
Another recurring role for Revolution season 2 is being cast: Secretary Allenford. She's 50 years old and her ideas for America may not be what they seem.
Here is the official description of episode 65 “F*ck the Pain Away.”
Seeking more answers about her past, Sookie (Anna Paquin) enlists Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to summon her dead parents. Meanwhile, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) resort to drastic measures when Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) finds herself in dangerous territory. Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) reconnects with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) as Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) seeks atonement.
The Walking Dead
Here is a small casting bit. Danny Vinson will play the role of "Don". [Spoiler TV]
Producer Marc Guggenheim talks about the trajectory of Oliver in the second season:
This was always sort of the trajectory we planned. This has always been the first two years of "Batman Begins." In fact, last year, around October, right before the show premiered, we had a meeting with the head of the studio and we basically said, it's about going from being the Hood to the Arrow to Green Arrow. We knew all along that it would take us two years to do that. The thing that makes me worried is, the show works well because it has darkness to it. It's not gonna be all sunshine and rainbows in Season 2, I don't want people to get the wrong impression that the show is going to abruptly change, tonally. It's actually consistent in its tone even though Oliver has a more "Aspirational" mission.
Under the Dome
The eleventh episode will be called “Speak of the Devil.” [Spoiler TV]
Here a casting tidbit and a spoilery description for the twelfth episode.
Episode 1.12 of Under The Dome is called "Exigent Circumstances" and the roles of Fire Volunteer and Miles are being cast.
In Joe's barn, a cocoon with a butterfly inside is attached to the pink-pulsing mini-dome. Julia lies unconscious at the clinic. The Fire Volunteer tells Linda that a female body has been found in the station. Barbie has been accused of murder, and he's being hunted by a posse put together by Big Jim. Miles proposes that everyone's homes be searched.
And here's a promo for the next episode, "Manhunt":
1. Something big is coming for Stiles and Lydia! Fans have been waiting more than two seasons for Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Lydia (Holland Roden) to get together — and it sounds like they might finally be getting their wish. Jeff says there’s something ”big” planned for the fan-favorite pairing on the season’s eleventh episode. Set your DVRs to stun!
2. Scott and Isaac become closer! Apparently, living with the McCalls is going to have a profound effect on Isaac. Jeff says Isaac (Daniel Sharman) and Scott (Tyler Posey) will “become closer” and that “Isaac will be risking his life for Scott” in the coming weeks.
3. The killer could be someone we know! When a fan speculated that Gerard — Allison’s (Crystal Reed) bats**t-crazy grandfather from last season — could be behind the current season’s murders, Jeff simply replied, “Interesting theory.”
4. Erica’s story is not over! Jeff says we’ll find out why Erica (Gage Golightly) was killed. This makes me think we’ll get a flashback scene, which could explain why MTV tweeted a picture of Gage on set a few weeks ago.
5. The gays are coming! When a fan asked why the show favors “queer-baiting” over “queer pairing,” which was an excellent question, Jeff promised that a same-sex couple is in the works. “Queer pairings is on my list,” he responded. “I swear we’ll get to it!”
More at the link. [Hollywood Life]
Here is the promo for the next episode, “Welcome to the Hotel California.”
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders.