Tom Hiddleston discuss his Thor sequel reshoots and his work as a vampire music critic. John Hurt talks up Doctor Who's 50th birthday bash. A young star decided to watch the prequels, which somehow means she's going to be in Episode VII. (Admittedly, there aren't a lot of other reasons to watch the prequels.) Plus all you need to know about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s premiere and Sleepy Hollow. Spoilers!
Top image from Ender's Game.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Let’s just run through this one quickly – Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz, who is just the sort of rising star who is probably going to be rumored for every big blockbuster that potentially has a part for a young female character, spent a day watching the Star Wars prequels, tweeted about it, and ultimately wrote about how she was already up to Revenge of the Sith and that “today was productive.” Which, in any sane reading, is pretty clearly a sarcastic reference to the fact that a day spent watching three movies – even if they aren’t the prequels – is pretty clearly not productive. But, as is always the way with these things, a site has decided to take that tweet as some indication that Moretz is researching a role for Episode VII, or something. The point here, if there is any point here, is that if we do start seeing a bunch of Moretz casting rumors, let’s just make sure they don’t all trace back to that one offhand tweet. [Star Wars 7]
Thor: The Dark World
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston discusses the nature of the sequel’s reshoots:
We were adding new stuff. So that was fun for me. And some of the things were scenes I'd actually pitched for a long time ago....The thing about Kevin Feige is he's very, very open and collaborative. And he and Louis D'Esposito, who run the studio — I find it very admirable that they're open to ideas...Chris Hemsworth and myself have lived inside these characters for two movies now and we've been inside every scene and we know what works and we know what doesn't works. And also, we know what we've done and what we shouldn't try to repeat. Because that was the great sort of fire underneath myself was not wanting to take anything for granted or just put the old recipe in the microwave, you know? And try and find new things for the characters to do — new iterations of the relationship between Thor and Loki. And Kevin was really open to that. I remember as we were conceiving of the shape of the film, Kevin and [director] Alan Taylor were really open to it, especially because they always talk about the connective aspect of the Marvel universal.”
And here’s another character poster, this one featuring the movie’s German subtitle The Dark Kingdom. [Coming Soon]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Hugh Jackman says this movie is going to have everything – indeed, if I’m following his math correctly, 150% of everything:
"When the little Easter Egg came up during the credits of 'The Wolverine,' I just heard people yelling and cheering. To see Patrick Stewart in the wheelchair, to see Ian McKellen with the fedora on, I know having sat at Comic-Con with the incredible cast, I keep saying it's like two movies in one, but the size of it is three-in-one. It's really going to blow people away. Bryan Singer is going to become the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise."
Ellen Page discusses revisiting Kitty Pryde and the prospect of playing the character again, even if there aren’t any particularly concrete plans for it:
That's sort of the wonder and mystery of making a movie, you know? Maybe because the first one was so long ago, maybe because it was like an eight-year difference, but it didn't feel like there needed to be an adjustment period. Bryan, I don't know how he pulls off everything he does in a day, I really don't! He is really great with actors and really wants the truth of the performance to exist, to sort of elevate that kind of a film, which I feel he did with the first two X-Men movies. He was sort of the first to take that kind of a spectacle of film and tell a deeply, deeply human story.
Apparently, Singer said at the Fantasia International Film Festival that he was really happy that Ratner cast you in the third one, that he got a good Kitty Pryde.
Awww! That's sweet of him to say.
And Joss Whedon's a fan, too. He wants to do a whole Kitty Pryde movie.
I have heard that, yeah! Well, I'm available! [Laughs.] I love that. Kitty Pryde's awesome. I'm super grateful to be the actress who's gotten to be her, and you only desperately hope that the true fans who have a right to demand what they want and who have been passionate about these stories for a really long time, that you can pull it off for them. I would be so thrilled to play Kitty Pryde again. I really would.
Here’s a poster. [First Showing]
And here’s a poster. [First Showing]
Only Lovers Left Alive
Thor star Tom Hiddleston discusses his role as a vampire in indie stalwart Jim Jarmusch’s latest:
Yeah, he's enamored of the pre-digital age, where making music was making music and it wasn't punching things into computers.
He loves Jack White.
He loves Jack White.
Your vampire is a sad vampire. But when you first heard "vampire," did you worry at all it might be too much like Loki, in a larger than life kind of way?
Well, it was just the way Jim Jarmusch told me about the film. I had actually just finished making "Avengers" and it didn't feel like a genre film. It felt like a very small, independent piece, which was about something very delicate. Actually the big sell for me was that he was this gothic rock star poet who happened to have fangs and drink blood… But mercifully, I don't I don't see any of Loki in Adam and any of Adam in Loki.
Adam is too sad to be Loki.
But he's sad because of his appreciation for music. That's the thing. It's not like he's morose or dark, it's actually that he has such an appreciation for real beauty — like mathematical beauty and music and astronomy.
And a bit of a snob.
Yeah, he's a snob about it, yeah. But he's depressed by the course of human activity — the world is going to the dogs. But if you've been alive for four-odd centuries, you're going to have seen a few things and think, well, is this time better than before? In his eyes, it's not.
There’s still some more at the link, including further discussion of his work as Loki. [Huffington Post]
John Hurt, who plays a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special, discusses whether his version is a darker, even villainous take on the character:
"Of course you have to remember that the Doctors are all one person, so I'm not outside of that. I can't talk about it, but I will say I was really impressed when I did it… Both the previous doctors - Matt Smith and David Tennant - boy, are they good at it. Whoa-wee! They are so quick, and there's a huge amount of learning and no time to learn it in. All that fake scientific nonsense. Terribly difficult to learn."
Incidentally, I’d advise against reading much of anything into Hurt calling Tennant and Smith “previous” Doctors; I somehow doubt that’s his subtle way of tipping off that he plays a future Doctor, or something. As he says, it’s all “fake scientific nonsense” to him anyway, so I’m guess he’s not the person to ask for a particularly nuanced discussion of the finer points of the Who mythos. [Digital Spy]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Here’s the official description for the premiere episode, which airs September 24:
These agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have a mission: To investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” it’s just after the battle of New York, and now that the existence of super heroes and aliens has become public knowledge, the world is trying to come to grips with this new reality. Agent Phil Coulson is back in action and has his eye on a mysterious group called the Rising Tide. In order to track this unseen, unknown enemy, he has assembled a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). The group’s first assignment together as a team finds them trying to track down an ordinary man who has gained extraordinary powers. Powers that could have devastating consequences.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.
Guest starring are J. August Richards as Mike, Shannon Lucio as Debbie, Ron Glass as Dr. Streiten and Bob Stephenson as Gary, with special guest star Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.
The Walking Dead
Here’s a trailer for season four. [SpoilerTV]
Co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci discuss how the time-shifted Ichabod Crane adjusts to the modern world and just how many fish-out-of-water gags they can get away with:
Alex Kurtzman: It’s important to know when we can go to the things like that. We actually wrote a million jokes that ended up not in it because you’re walking a line. The key is, is it a genuine reaction in the scene? Would Ichabod really make those observations or are we just going for a laugh? You can’t do a fish out of water without doing some of it. What we wanted to avoid was [picking up a cell phone]: What is this and how is someone inside of it and I don’t understand? All of that stuff, we wanted to avoid. The other thing is that the stakes are so high and the clock is ticking so fast on the show that there isn’t a ton of time to stop and make those observations, so they kind of have to happen on the fly. That is also something that I think will hopefully allow us to get away with the humor, because if we just stopped and made the whole scene about that, I think people would start to feel like it got very self-conscious.
Roberto Orci: The humor comes from all of them because in a way they’re all fish out of water. Though Crane has woken up in the modern day he’s not used to, he’s also brought with him his world that Irving is not used to. When you get things like, “What the hell is going on in this town? It’s supposed to be a quaint town with rosebushes.” He’s as much out of water there as Crane is in a sense because he’s confronting the past.
They also discuss how the show incorporates Crane’s wife, who appears to him in dreams, and his evolving dress sense:
Roberto Orci: Actually, we are going to see her a lot and one of Crane’s goals is to find out the reality of what is her situation. How can I possibly bring her back to me? Sometimes information but then she herself will fall into the situation that all of our characters are in which is trying to figure out what the heck is going on. It will be as much an evolving story for her. We don’t want her to just be the woman that has all the answers in the mirror. It’s got to be more than that. Their story has to be alive, so it’ll be a little bit of both.
How does Ichabod adjust to modern dress?
Alex Kurtzman: One thing I think we felt strongly about is that he loves his coat, for example. He really does. It’s a very characteristic thing and it happens also to be an incredibly cool looking coat. So yes, he may not be walking around in wool pants in the summertime tucked into his boots always, but he will never fully let go of what he had and I think he holds onto that with a real sense of pride because that is where he came from. He wants to remember that.
There’s still a bunch more at the link. [Crave Online]
Here are some cast photos. [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Coven
Danny Huston, whose previous credits range from The Proposition to 30 Days Of Night, has reportedly been cast as the “sexy (and dangerous)" boyfriend to Jessica Lange's character.” [Coming Soon]
Beauty and the Beast
Here’s a promo for season two. [TV Equals]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.