We now know how long the gap is between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII. How can you affect the direction of Captain America 3? George R.R. Martin offers solutions to the problem of Game of Thrones catching up to his books. Watch a new Godzilla trailer, and take a look Gotham's Oswald Cobblepot. Plus, there's still hope for a Pacific Rim sequel. Spoilers now!
Director Colin Trevorrow told IGN that one character from the original will definitely be returning for this installment, and it's BD Wong:
I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They're iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn't about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they'd go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn't been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond's shadow, underappreciated. We think there's more to his story.
Trevorrow also described Chris Pratt's character and his relationship with Bryce Dallas Howard:
He's a classic hero in a very modern context. He's the guy who will get you through the jungle alive – but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he's an expert in a scientific field that's connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humor and sense of adventure. He's a great contrast for Bryce Dallas Howard's character, who starts off very corporate, very controlled. Until the running and screaming starts. Then they need each other.
Warwick Davis is keen to return to the Star Wars franchise, and he's joking about all the ways he can make it happen:
[A] cameo would be delightful. I know one of the conceptual artists who draws all the conceptual art for the characters. I keep telling him to draw some characters who are very short, just in the hope [they'll cast me].
... I might just pop my head into Pinewood [Studios in Buckinghamshire] one day and see if they can put me in a costume and put me in a scene. That might be the way to go.
Production in London is slated to begin in May — and Disney and Lucasfilm confirm that Episode VII will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. They've also described the cast as "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." The cast is supposedly going to be announced soon, and we'll learn just how many of the rumors have been accurate. [StarWars.com via CNet]
Pacific Rim 2
Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull raises our hopes for a sequel, telling Shock Till You Drop:
I was literally just with Guillermo on the set of Crimson Peak. We talk about it and have some pretty great ideas. If they come to fruition and we get a great script, then we're open to it. Fans seem pretty passionate about it and working with Guillermo. So, we're open to it.
Joe Wright's Pan has cast newcomer Levi Miller in the eponymous role. He joins Hugh Jackman as the pirate Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily. This version of the story will be set during World War II, following an orphan who finds himself in Neverland, destined to defeat Blackbeard. [Variety via Slashfilm]
The Russo brothers are already on board for a third Captain America movie — and it sounds as though they aren't just forging ahead based on a preconceived notion of what the third film should look like. Instead, they'll be mixing it with the reaction to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They told Comic Book Resources that this approach started in their TV work:
Anthony Russo: There's a difference between the online fanbase of the TV shows and this, because you find more diversity of opinion in this than you do in TV. TV shows, there's only one reference point — the show. For a comic book, there's so many runs. You find different fans like different versions of the character.
We certainly have carried our penchant to hear what people think about the characters, how they respond to things with the Internet for this movie, for sure. It's interesting — you have to filter it. Always. At the end of the day, what you do is you sort of listen to everything and you end up rounding back to what you want to see as a fan.
Joe Russo: We like saying this because we know it excites the fans on the message boards — we read the message boards. We do. We've gotten a lot of great ideas from [message boards]. We started doing it on "Arrested Development" with Television Without Pity. That was our test audience. We could see which characters were popping, who wasn't, what jokes they were getting, and what jokes they weren't getting. You can get a lot of ideas from the fans, and social media and the Internet is just the newest way to connect to people on an instantaneous basis.
You can't please everybody. We've learned over the years, you can only make the material based on how you feel about the material. If you try to anticipate or guess how people are going to feel about it, you're going to fuck it up. You always have to just rely on your own tastes of what we would want to see in a comic book movie about Captain America, and that's what this movie is.
Then they said that they're waiting to get started on Captain America 3:
So have you started, at least preliminarily, thinking about "Captain America 3"?
Anthony Russo: We have. It's very hard to collect our thoughts completely on it until we see how this movie's received.
Joe Russo: You need a frame of reference.
Anthony Russo: The movie still exists as the movie we wanted to make in our heads until audiences tell us what it is.
Here's the international Godzilla trailer, featuring a smattering of new footage.
Game of Thrones
It's not news that the TV show could catch up to the books in as little as two or three seasons. George R.R. Martin called it "alarming" in a recent interview, where he also summed up the way the next few seasons of the show could shake out:
The season that's about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book ['A Storm of Swords'] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, 'A Feast for Crows' and 'A Dance with Dragons.' 'A Dance with Dragons' is itself a book that's as big as 'A Storm of Swords.' So there's potentially three more seasons there, between 'Feast' and 'Dance,' if they split into two the way they did [with 'Storms'].
Now, 'Feast' and 'Dance' take place simultaneously. So you can't do 'Feast' and then 'Dance' the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it's my hope that they'll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I'll have published 'The Winds of Winter,' which'll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, 'A Dream of Spring,' as they juggernaut forward.
If they do catch up to him, Martin's in favor of either making a season focusing on events before the series, using either the "Dunk and Egg" stories or Robert Baratheon's rebellion, or a super-long Mad Men-esque break. [Vanity Fair via MTV]
Jensen Ackles talked about how the Mark of Cain will continue to affect Dean this season:
It's definitely messing with his inner moral compass, so to speak. We just saw recently that Dean, instead of sparing a human life, he killed a guy without so much as a thought. I think that plays into what he is going through inside: "If they're bad, they've got to go. I don't have time to weigh the pros and cons and deliberate over what's right and wrong. This guy was bad, so he's got to go." That's a far cry from where we've seen Dean in the past. He's always been a shoot first, ask questions later [guy], but that was with monsters, which is his line of work.
When it just comes to crazy people, he doesn't necessarily fashion himself as a policeman. He would rather the authorities do their job there, but now at this point he doesn't seem to care. Everything is just a bit of a means to an end. He's punch-drunk on what he thinks needs to happen with the whole Abbadon situation that he's not really thinking clearly. That's going to get worse and worse as we get towards the end of the season.
Ackles also said that seeing the Ghostfacers fight the same way the Winchesters have been will be a plot thread that carries through the next couple of episodes:
It was definitely a tip of the hat to what Dean and Sam are dealing with in the fact of doing something that may or may not ever be forgiven, so it's to be seen. We're in the middle of shooting episode 20 right now, and I'm seeing breakdowns of 21, which is really a more action-packed episode, but emotionally the story lines are going to start to come to a head here in the next three episodes. I have not seen past 21 yet so I don't know how it unfolds or what the resolve is, but I would imagine that it's leading towards a big resolution or a big cliffhanger.
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Executive producer Jeremy Carver says that Castiel's stolen grace will not go "undealt" with. Similarly, Carver says that more's coming from Gadreel's time in Sam:
We're not done talking about it. There are more layers to it that are going to take a little while for even Sam to understand.
Now that it's aired, Crystal Reed's opening up about the death of Allison, which she says resulted from her desire to explore other roles. Here she is talking about filming her last scene:
Well, I haven't seen it yet, so I don't know what's going to happen. Sometimes you film things, and it turns out very differently…usually for the better. So I don't know what it's going to look like… But the moment was really hard for me because we as people will never be able to act a death scene properly because we will never go through it and if we do, then we're dead. [Laughs] So the actual physical act of it was hard; I did a lot of research on how she would be actually dying in this circumstance, so I had to bear that in mind. So, as she was dying and she had her last breath, I was saying my lines and I kept saying, "I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you." And I remember one of the producers came over and said, "Please don't say that because she loves Isaac." [But] I do feel like Allison still loves Scott. And I think in that moment, she said she loves him because that's still there. So it was hard for me to hold back those feelings because as an actor, I feel like that's still there. So I don't know how it's going to turn out, but it was interesting for me as an actor because I so strongly felt the urge to say it to him even though she wasn't supposed to. So that was interesting.
Love isn't just romantic.
Yeah. I agree.
Following the photos of Ben McKenzie on set as Jim Gordon, here are some photos of Robin Taylor on set as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin. [Brian Pahl/Splash News via MTV and IGN, thanks to Hands of Orlok for the tip]
Robbie Amell is very excited for the second half of the season:
I think we found our groove around episodes 8 and 9 and our show takes it to another level starting with one of the last scenes of episode 16.
One of the last scenes of episode 16 acts as a catalyst for the last six episodes. And [episodes] 17-22 are on a completely different level. I think we found the story we want to tell and it's an incredible story. And all these characters that you've been watching and trying to play people and you don't really know where they stand. Everybody's character comes to light and everybody's cards are on the table. I think [as of episodes] 17-22, we are one of the best, if not the best show on the CW.
He also talked about what being a synergist means for Stephen:
It means he's a total bad ass. Honestly, it's very cool that I can stop time, but what the synergist aspect of it means is that — Cassandra is the only other one we've met so far — is that we're kind of the next wave of Tomorrow People. We're true bloods. We have two Tomorrow People parents and it means the ceiling for our powers is that much higher.
We can hone our abilities better. We can use multiple powers at once, which becomes a very important part of the last 5 or 6 episodes. You find that it's very important to the Founder. He kind of takes Stephen under his wing and helps him learn how to use those abilities.
Most importantly, he said that there will be tight leather pants, not for Stephen, but for others. [Buddy TV]
Here's video of actor Bob Morley talking about his character Bellamy Blake. [K Site TV]
Once Upon a Time
Colin O'Donoghue explained what the return of JoAnna Garcia Swisher's Ariel meant for him:
You'll get to see Hook and Ariel interact a bit, which I think will be fun. They have a 'tricky' sort of relationship, and I think people will like it.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a teaser for a Damon/Elena interaction this Thursday, courtesy of Ian Somerhalder:
There's some sexy time happening. Exes, man. What are you going to do?
Person of Interest
Here's the description of episode 3.19, "Most Likely Too . . .":
REESE AND SHAW INFILTRATE THEIR MOST DANGEROUS LOCATION YET – A HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, APRIL 1
Nestor Carbonell Guest Stars as Matthew Reed, the POI Reese and Shaw are Monitoring
"Most Likely To…" – Reese and Shaw pose as alumni at a high school reunion in order to keep eyes on the latest POI. Meanwhile, Finch and Fusco travel to Washington, D.C., to investigate the motivations behind Vigilance's latest attack, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, April 1 (10:01 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Here's the synopsis of episode 3.03, "Minute to Win It":
Kiera discovers what's controlling the bank robbers; Carlos' new knowledge of time travel starts to affect his work.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm