Top image from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Star Wars: Episode VII
There’s a rumor going around, one supposedly based on a whole bunch of inside sources, that Disney is considering releasing the new Star Wars move in December of 2015 as opposed to May, the release month for all previous Star Wars movies. There’s been quite a bit of discussion elsewhere about what all this might mean, but really, it’s just a release date, and lots of big blockbuster movies set these dates before being pushed back – including, just to name two examples completely at random, J.J. Abrams’s two previous Star Trek movies. So, honestly, this all could just be a pretext for eventually pushing this thing back to May 2016, for all we know. [/Film]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Veteran character actor Gregg Henry, whose recent roles include characters on Scandal and The Killing, has tweeted that he is heading to London to appear in the Marvel space opera in an undisclosed role. [@GreggHenry88]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here's the first official image.
Fantastic Four Reboot
Mark Millar, the creative consultant for 20th Century Fox’s Marvel superhero movies, discusses the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. He suggests that this new Fantastic Four series will exist in the same universe as that of the X-Men, although he has since tweeted that his answer isn’t meant to imply a planned crossover. Here are his answers, starting with some thoughts on the original Fantastic Four movies:
These first two movies were not very good but I’m quite sentimental towards them. I took my youngest daughter to see the first one, she was only five when it came out, and she thought it was the best film ever made. At the end, when Johnny Storm says, ‘Flame on!’ for the first time, she thanked me for taking her to see it. So even though it was a crap movie that memory makes me sort-of like it in a strange way. For the new one all they have to do is make it great. It sounds obvious and it is. Sam Raimi gave us a great Spider-Man. Christopher Nolan gave us a great Batman. So a brilliant director is probably the most important thing for a great Fantastic Four. Tim Story was seen as an odd choice for Fantastic Four but when you have a Josh Trank you know you are in safe hands.
Will the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four share a universe with the future X-Men films?
Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.
Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow discusses the upcoming X-Force movie, which he is slated to write and possibly direct:
All I can say is this: I bought X-Force #1 when I was a kid, I've read the recent run of Uncanny X-Force which I thought was fantastic, but other than that I just can't comment on the line-up or anything yet.
So were you a superhero fan before you came to Kick-Ass and X-Force then?
Oh, yeah, massive, massive. I collected comics from my first allowance until college, in my mid-20s, and I only stopped purely because I couldn't afford it anymore! You know, I had to pay my rent and figure out a way to eat, by the time I stopped collecting they were like $3 an issue which is a lot compared to the 95 cents it was when I started. I've actually rediscovered comics in the last few years on my iPad, using the Marvel app and Comixology. I hate reading books on my iPad, but comics look amazing on it. I really enjoy it, so I've been filling the gaps in my back issues that way.
So changing angle on X-Force, would you say it's a stand-alone movie, or is it something that spins out of what Fox is currently doing with the X-Men franchise?
Oooh, let's see, what can I say? Let me put it like this. It will seamlessly exist in the X-Men cinematic universe, but it's not a sequel.
There’s plenty more at the link, particularly about Kick-Ass 2. [Den of Geek]
The studio released two high-resolution images from Alfonso Cuaron's stranded astronaut movie.
Director David Twohy discusses the story of the upcoming third film:
“At its core [Riddick] is a survival story about one man, and his only way to get off this planet is to call in the mercenaries for a ride. That said, we don’t turn our backs on the mythology that we planted in the last movie, and we are actually bringing Karl [Urban] back for a few days of filming to advance it and lay the groundwork for movie four. We’re concerned with paying off the loyal fans and think that if somebody doesn’t understand something the solution is to look at the other two movies and get up to speed. It does play in a gratifying way as a standalone movie, but there are threads that we continue to sew that we started in previous movies and will continue in future movies.”
And star Vin Diesel hints at where future Riddick movies could go:
“You’ve got to go to the Underverse. It’s expected, it’s something I firmly believe. You’ll have to go through the Underverse to get to Furya. So, those are the two further stories that are mapped out. The Underverse is a much more costly venture. We went this direction, trying to do an R-rated movie, which is cool and even more interesting because it’s so unexpected. But yes, you will be at the Underverse and you will be at Furya sooner or later.”
Here’s the first image of Sucker Punch’s Jena Malone as new character Johanna Mason. The image comes from the movie’s tie-in viral fashion site, Capital Couture. [Coming Soon]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
And here are some high-res images from the second Hobbit movie.
Here’s a pair of videos from the Pontiac, Michigan set. [Comic Book Movie]
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Mirror, Mirror star Lily Collins discusses what appealed to her about her character Clarissa “Clary” Fray in the upcoming fantasy adventure movie:
Well, I’m very close with my mom, and I always have been. So, the fact that this relationship between her mom and herself is what spurs on this journey in the first book and introduces her to this whole world was something that I felt extremely strong about when I read it. I loved that she never allows herself to be a victim. Nothing ever truly defines her. The romance doesn’t define her. This new world that she’s thrown into doesn’t define her. Her morals never change. She’s always Clary. She’s just Clary in two different worlds and she’s trying to find herself like any young girl would. And, it’s a story about self-discovery. I love the fact that the relationship between a child and her parents is what this is about. It’s about finding your voice in growing up, but also realizing that your parents aren’t these otherworldly, non-human things. They’re just older versions of you. And, it’s seeing your parents in a new light and respecting that. That was something that I hadn’t seen in other franchises like this. Also, it’s got a comedic undertone. She’s quite sassy and feisty and doesn’t put up with Jace’s crap. I’ve said this before, but it’s very like Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. She doesn’t just sit on the sidelines. She propels the story forward, and I thought that was really important for her character, but also very appealing to play.
She also discusses her stunt work:
We all pretty much did every stunt except for one for each of us. I was thrown up against a wall at one point by Dorothea (CCH Pounder) and I was not allowed to do that. Jamie was thrown across the table in the same scene and slammed again a wall. He couldn’t do that. But he did that flip. We all stayed behind the camera watching, and I was like, “Oh my God, I don’t want to go back to my trailer. I want to watch Jamie do this.” We had seen all the practices and everyone was so supportive. Also, we were nervous as heck, like oh my God, what’s going to happen? But it was great because we all sweat together. We all trained together. That created such a bonding atmosphere, because when you go through those things together, they’re at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning every day, you’re like, “We can do anything together,” and that’s what the Shadowhunters are. So it helped in that sense.
You did a little bit of swordplay in Mirror, Mirror. Was there any swordplay in this and did you do any martial arts?
Yeah. I did more knife fighting in this one which ended up not being used. We were trying to figure out what Clary’s first skills were, which again, this will probably be more in the second movie. It was hand-to-hand combat martial arts. But for Clary, at the beginning, it was all about endurance, keeping up with the guys, not falling behind, and not doing it in six-inch heels. All of the training did help with the hours we were shooting and just keeping up with everyone and the self-defense. You’ll see the skills more defined in the second one.
There’s plenty more at the link. [Collider]
Elsewhere, Collins talks some more about her character, including why Clary is different from Twilight’s Bella:
"She has this sassy comedic undertone, which Jace brings out in her, as well as Simon. She doesn't choose to become part of this other world. She already is a shadow hunter, unlike Bella maybe, who chooses to become a vampire. She doesn't let romance define her. She's on this single track to get her mom back. She doesn't victimize herself. She's always thinking of new answers to questions, instead of letting people solve it for her… It was difficult [running in heels], but I never fell once. Any awkwardness as Lily, running around in heels and a short dress, I could play off as Clary, so really, it worked out for me. But I am having wardrobe talks for the next one, and I am probably going to request a little shorter heels or a little less revealing."
Luther creator Neil Cross, who wrote last season’s fairly decent “Rings of Akhaten” and quite excellent “Hide,” confirms he’s returning to write for series eight:
“I am going back. I have got story ideas tucked away, but if I told you about them I would have to kill you. There’s a whole bunch of stuff I want to do. Steven is clearly very busy with the 50th anniversary special and Christmas special, but I have to find out from Steven what his intentions for the Doctor are and what sort of stories he wants me to write.”
Game of Thrones
In a likely nod to the character’s probable expanded role next season, Prince Tommen Baratheon has been recast. Callum Wharry, who was last seen as Joffrey’s younger brother late in the second season, has reportedly been replaced with Dean-Charles Chapman. Chapman previously appeared in season three as the doomed squire Martyn Lannister. Chapman is somewhat older and quite a bit more experienced than Wharry, whose sole acting credits are as Tommen in the first two seasons. So maybe Tommen will have more to do this season. [Winter Is Coming]
Once Upon a Time
Here’s a description of one of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys, courtesy of E! Online:
Devin, who has been in Neverland a long time and is extremely loyal to season 3's new big bad, but is competitive with his fellow boys as he's often overlooked.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth episodes of season three are reportedly called “Nasty Habits,” “Good Form,” and “Ariel,” respectively. [KSiteTV]
The Tomorrow People
Here are interviews with stars Madeleine Mantock and Luke Mitchell.
And here’s a poster. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.