Also, how long will Loki keep popping up as a villain in Marvel movies? And how will Scarlet Witch's movie costume pay tribute to her comics outfits? Plus José Padilha insists that his RoboCop is not a remake. Also, check out some X-Men: Days of Future Past set video and learn about the first Avatar 2 footage. Spoilers...
Director José Padilha says his version isn't a remake of the original, but he wants to explore similar themes:
[S]o for me it was more an exploration of the underlying philosophical ideas of the concept of ROBOCOP. So if you look at Robocop and you look at what’s going on today, more and more we are getting close to actually having a Robocop. Now we have drones, so we can wage war on other countries from far away. We can kill people without even being at risk. In the future we are not even going to have drones, because drones are piloted by someone, so if the drone makes a mistake, like if a guy presses a button and the drone kills a bunch of kids, you can always go and sue these guys or blame this guy, but in the future you’re going to have autonomous robots that make their own decisions. Say you have a robot in the middle of the desert fighting terrorists and the robot decides to shoot at a terrorist and kills a kid instead, who is to blame? There’s no human being there.
He also explained how the film will look at how the technology is viewed by the corporation making it:
The other thing that plays out in the movie is they debate him like a Coca Cola bottle. “If we make him more shiny, will the audience like him a little more?” So he becomes a product like you say and the process of him becoming a product is manufactured in the movie in different ways. One, they do focus groups to decide how he’s going to look and that kind of shit. The other thing that they do is there starts to be a conflict between the human and the mechanical part of him and when this conflict takes place there is the risk that this thing is going to malfunction and “we cannot have a malfunction.” I know I don’t have to tell you anymore, because you already know what the movie is about..
More at the link. [Slashfilm]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here’s some set video taken in Montreal, featuring Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. [via Coming Soon]
Here are two new international TV spots:
Titus Welliver (The Town) has just joined the cast in a still-secret part. [Coming Soon]
At the CG event Siggraph, producer Jon Landau presented some footage from the sequel, emphasizing that the footage is still a work-in-progress, and they’re “still not there.”
The footage was a series of clips, beginning with some motion capture set on Pandora, featuring humans and Na’vi, taken last November. Landau pointed to improvements in lighting and shadows and said that this was “our first foray into what we wanted to do.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Production President Kevin Feige explained the relationship between the film and the graphic novel of the same name:
It's not that story, but it's that title. It's been in the works for seven or eight months... There are some things in this movie, that you'll see in 2015, that arise directly from casual conversations Joss and I had on the set of the first one. 'Would it be cool if...?' 'That would be cool!'"
We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appeared, and that's a great title. Age Of Ultron is a great title. We had a few other 'Of Ultrons', but that was the best one. So we're borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines.
And, according to Joss Whedon, the Scarlet Witch won't be wearing a leotard or her classic head piece:
Will the Scarlet Witch have her head thingy in Avengers?
No. She might wear a headband or something that might echo it. The guys at Marvel, the conceptual artists, are phenomenal, and they are so good at taking the essence of what works and interpreting it for the actual human body, and when they paint something you can not only tell how it’s gonna work on a person, you can even tell what fabric it’ll be. They are very specific, very talented. So I’m excited to see the designs. Obviously we want to echo the look that people know, but there’s the classic look and the Ultimates look, but you have to do it in a way that will work. But it can’t be too old school… she can’t wear a leotard.
Thor: The Dark World
In the same interview, Feige seemed to imply that Loki would survive Thor: The Dark World, saying, “We think Loki could be the big bad for us, for a long time.” [Empire]
Mark Millar and Jeff Wardlow spoke about which characters will be in the line up, basically only revealing that we’ll learn each of the five slowly over time:
Jeff Wadlow: Oh yeah. I love the current incarnation, UNCANNY X FORCE. I love what Rob did in the nineties. I remember buying X FORCE 1 and what I’ve really loved about the announcement that we are working on the movie is how excited people are by the potential, but also how curious they are like “What’s the line up?” What’s interesting with X MEN, I mean they have an iconic lineup, so you know who is going to be in that movie, but X FORCE it’s like “Who is it going to be?” I love that people are guessing.
Mark Millar: People are going to be dissecting every name as it gets released, so it’s will be so cool when you have your five.
This picture of the script reveals that episode 2.02 will be called “Identity.” [Spoiler TV]
The Walking Dead
Even though the trailer didn’t focus on the Governor, season 4 will have two “standalone Governor” episodes, likely in the first eight episodes of the season. [TV Line]
Watch this video where the cast discusses the non-stop action they've done so far in filming season 3:
Under the Dome
Brian K. Vaughan answered questions about the last episode. Here are the questions he said will get answers in the next episode:
The butterflies' attraction to the dome is explained by the fact that bugs use magnetic fields to navigate. However, at the end, the butterfly is seen landing on — and then leaving — the dome. If the missile didn't destroy the dome, what impact did it have?
Hmm, that's very interesting. We'll have to see next week. The dome is going to start doing some new things in response to having been attacked this way.
Does the missile also explain why Joe and Norrie didn't have a seizure again when they kissed?
Yeah, it certainly seems to be [that way], doesn’t it? There will be a really specific answer next week; I can say someone in the town going to find out about Joe and Norrie's seizures. To this point, they've kept it to themselves. Now, one of the grown-ups finds out.
We see a glimpse of the mass destruction on the outside, will we see more of the missile's effect outside the dome?
Sure, a little bit. It looks pretty bad what we've seen so far. There's a huge area of devastation where the missile hit, and it doesn’t quite go 360 degrees around the dome. But for half of the dome, as far as the eye can see, there is complete devastation. It was a non-nuclear missile, so there is no radioactive fallout or anything. The fallout is really going to be one of fear. The town realizes that if that thing can't knock [the dome] down, that it's never going away. They are going to be trapped here the rest of their lives.
It is safe to assume panic begins to set in?
No panic, they're going to sit in circles singing campfire songs. Some people keep their cool … but next week we see society begin to fray at the edges. How much water do they have in there exactly? How much food? It's going to get scary.
Barbie seemed on the verge of telling Julia the truth about her husband but was interrupted. Will he ever come clean about his role in Peter's death?
He is in a really tough spot. More than ever feels he owes this woman the complete truth, yet we saw them holding hands at the end of the episode. There was romantic tension there from the first moment they laid eyes on each other. Now what does he do? Continue the relationship with the person he is closest with under the dome, or tell her the truth? We will see that continue to play out next week.
Sounds like next week's episode provides some big answers?
Next week is a really big one.
More at the link. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Watch interviews with Sarah Carter and Colin Cunnigham. [TV Equals]
Carrie Preston, who plays Arlene, says that the death of Terry was “necessary:”
We were just completely devastated. As Todd says, “Nobody wants to leave the party early.” But we put ourselves in the hands of the writers and we trust them, and I think the way they chose to have that moment happen was very poignant and not like anything else that happened on the show. I think it was a necessary turning point for the show to bring it back to its original roots, which are grounded in relationships — in particular, human ones. What is making this season so special is that it’s also going back to [the idea that] the worst thing in this world is humans. In season 1, Rene [Michael Raymond-James] was the murderer, and he was human. Then we went off for many seasons into the worlds of the supernatural, and now we’re back into the world of the humans — both glorifying them in the relationship with Terry and Arlene, and vilifying them with the Governor and the Vamp Camp.
She also spoke about what was next for her character:
We saw the moment where she was holding her husband as he died in her arms, now we’re gonna see the shock, and the aftermath, and the true coming apart. How do you not be unhinged? There’s a scene coming up that was just as challenging as the death. And then the funeral, which will come up somewhere down the line — also quite sobering, to say the least. I was constantly texting Todd photos when we were shooting the funeral.
Here’s the synopsis for episode 6.08, “Dead Meat”:
Sookie (Anna Paquin) faces a major dilemma in deciding whether to broker a deal between Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) and Bill (Stephen Moyer). Over in vamp camp, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) gets to know Violet (Karolina Wydra), while Sarah (Anna Camp) goes to extremes to keep Tru Blood flowing. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) makes a decision that will impact the futures of Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Sam (Sam Trammell).
Here’s the synopsis for episode 2.12, “Second Last”:
Kiera and Carlos must stop Travis after he gets his hands on a second CPS suit while Alec and Emily try to escape the mysterious Freelancers and deal a revelation about his past that could change everything.
And a promotional picture for the episode. [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
The spinoff is currently looking the cast the voice actor for the role of the Cheshire Cat, who will definitely be in the premiere, and will be a recurring character. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here are some videos of Paul Wesley, Candice Accola and Kat Graham, and producer Caroline Dries talking about the upcoming season and the transition to the spinoff. [TV Equals]
Nicole Ari Parke will recur as Secretary Justine Allenford, who is apparently “bright and a good leader.” [TV Line]
USA’s “period alien drama” has cast Cary Elwes as Max Hartman, a “mysterious man who leads a double life in wartime D.C.” Horizon is set during World War II, where a secretary at the FBI, Lauren, starts looking into files that have the word “horizon” stamped onto them. During the investigation, she finds links between the project and her presumed-dead husband. It sounds a lot like “The X-Files in 40s clothes,” actually. [Deadline]
Also cast is the presumed-dead husband, Geroge Howl, who will played by Taylor Handley. Mark Famiglietti will play Will “Sparks” Sparkman, an FBI agent with a crush on Lauren. [Deadline]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders