James Gunn confirms he's directing (and writing) Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Evans drops story hints for the Captain America sequel. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might have lost its director. Bill Paxton will once again play an ass-kicking space marine!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Doctor Who.
This doesn't sound like too much beyond errant conversation between Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, but the former says he could possibly cameo as Captain America in the latter's new Thor movie. Here's what he has to say about the prospect:
"[Chris] Hemsworth and I even talked about that. I would love to do a little thing in Thor 2. It is obviously going to be tricky trying to work out the plot, the reason why I am not there to help him, and why he is not there to help me. But the best thing about Marvel is that, like I said, the movies were so good and we had such a good time making them."
As for his own movie, Chris Evans suggests The Avengers provided a lot of foundation for Cap's journey in the 21st century — or, more specifically, the stuff that was cut out of The Avengers did:
"The most I am looking forward to is exploring a little bit of Steve's… they had all those deleted scenes with The Avengers because a lot of those scenes are for Captain 2, you know what I mean? It was good stuff, but it all felt like that was his story. It is a different movie. With The Avengers there was so much to cram in. Like I said, it was a long movie anyway. So I think making it any longer would have just been exhausting... A lot of that stuff [that was cut] is for Captain America 2. That is his story. It is him trying to on a personal level adjust to the fact that everyone he knows is gone and the whole Peggy Carter of it all. There are a lot of things that he kind of has to come to terms with. So I don't know. I am excited to kind of see flashes of the first Captain, if you know what I mean, and to see his memory of what we now know as an audience of who he was."
Although Joss Whedon already pretty much confirmed this, Slither and Super director James Gunn has only just now admitting that he is indeed rewriting and directing Marvel's big, raccoon-starring space epic. Here's Gunn's announcement from his Facebook page:
For a month or so there's been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Until now I haven't said anything, because I'm trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life. But last night I got the go-ahead from Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I am rewriting and directing Guardians of the Galaxy. As a lifelong lover of Marvel comics, space epics, AND raccoons, this is the movie I've been waiting to make since I was nine years old. Kevin, Joss, and all the folks at Marvel have been amazing collaborators so far, and we're committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited.
Marvel co-chairman Louis Esposito says The Avengers sequel will feature some additions to the team:
"...We discussed it at the time and I think in 'The Avengers 2' will see some new characters," he explained. "We're currently working on Phase 2 and we have 'Iron Man 3,' 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' so we returned to those franchises to enlarge them, but I think in 'The Avengers 2' will see one or two new characters."
The obvious contenders here would probably have to be Ant-Man and the Wasp — but then again, we've been talking them up for what feels like decades now, and it still hasn't happened, so maybe Marvel will go in a different direction entirely. [The Playlist]
Director Rupert Wyatt is reportedly leaving the sequel to his surprise blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes. There's no official confirmation yet, but the rumor is that Wyatt is stepping down due to concerns that he won't be able to make the movie right and still meet the announced May 23, 2014 release date. [First Showing]
The polygamous astronaut side of the great Bill Paxton/Pullman chimera — Bill Paxton, in other words — is reportedly in negotiations to play a supporting role in Tom Cruise and Bourne Identity director Doug Liman's movie about a futuristic soldier who keeps reliving the last day of his life. Paxton would reportedly play "the tough leader of Cruise's platoon", which is quite a promotion from his early days as a lowly private in the Colonial Marines — oh, and fair warning, don't click that link if you don't want to hear some heavy-duty cussing from Mr. Paxton. [Variety]
Here's a featurette all about Tim Burton's latest stop-motion horror fantasy.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe explains why he decided to sign on for The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D director Alexander Aja's adaptation of the Joe Hill novel about a man who has horns growing out of his head after the mysterious murder of his girlfriend. In particular, Radcliffe explains why he just can't seem to get away from the supernatural in his films:
"I always liked the idea that ['Hills Have Eyes' director] Alex [Aja] and I are in kind of similar places, where everybody is very willing to put us both in boxes and assume that there are certain things we do and certain things we don't want to do. I think we're both very keen to flex new muscles, both of us. The script is so good, the story. There's nothing really, I think, that can be so exciting to an actor as an original idea. It's an original idea that's tackled in an original, fresh and vibrant way. Hellboy is what we're trying to avoid. [Laughs] It's not going to be that on-the-nose. It is interesting. There will be a lot of prosthetics involved towards the end, because some terrible things happen to my character."
Here are some posters showcasing the movie's mix of real and invented video game characters — and yes, I'm aware of the somewhat oxymoronic nature of the term "real video game character," so work with me here. [IGN]
Here's Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan's introduction for this Saturday's episode, "The Power of Three."
Here's a short description season five's second episode, "In Absentia", which airs October 5:
The fifth and final season continues when the Fringe team revisits the Harvard lab, now under Observer control, to try to find the information they need as the team fights on in their mission to save the world.
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Chained Heat."
And here are some promo photos for the episode. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a complete synopsis for the second episode of season two, "We Are Both", which airs October 7:
THE SEVEN DWARVES DISCOVER WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ANY OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE TRY TO LEAVE STORYBROOKE, DAVID CONTINUES HIS SEARCH FOR MARY MARGARET AND EMMA, AND REGINA MEETS A MAN OF MAGIC WHO PROMISES TO HELP HER BREAK FREE FROM HER MOTHER'S CLUTCHES, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME" — Barbara Hershey Guest Stars as Regina's Mother, Cora — While Regina continues to find a way to regain her magical powers, David continues his quest to uncover the whereabouts of Mary Margaret and Emma; and the seven dwarves discover what happens when any of the townspeople try to step past the city limits of Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, as her wedding day to King Leopold approaches, Regina is confronted by a man of magic who promises to help her become independent and break free from her mother Cora's (Barbara Hershey) clutches.
Alias and The Vampire Diaries discusses his mysterious new character, Dr. Whale:
Oh man, you don't even know. We just finished episode 5, which is gonna knock your socks off. I'm back in a big way! You'll learn who Dr. Whale is – I'm the only fairytale character who hasn't been revealed yet, but I promise you, I'm not just a womanizing lech who occasionally heals people. I'm still a pussy-hound, but the magic is released so everyone is realizing who they are. We're dealing with the magic in Stroybrooke first and the love stories will come later. But you learn what world I come from, who I am and it's really cool. I think there was a poll of 10,000 people and six guessed who I am correctly. All is revealed in the Halloween episode.
Here are some spoilers for season two, originally found in TV Guide Magazine:
- Regina shot an intense scene with Mr. Gold in his pawnshop. She had to conceal the item she took away from the shop in fear that onlookers would see exactly what she took.
- Dr. Whale's past with Regina will be revealed in episode 5.
- Mary and Emma will quickly find themselves on an adventure that will test their bravery and survival skills.
- The seven dwarves, led by Grumpy, will try to hang Regina from her very own apple tree in revenge.
- Mr. Gold will make his magic have a more "personal nature" with his beloved Belle.
- Belle will discover that Mr. Gold kept the teacup all that time.
- There will be a Rumbelle kiss in the premiere episode that we've all been waiting for!
Check out the link for the rest. [Storybrooke Mirror]
Here's a short description for episode seven, "Bottle Imp":
An investigation into a grisly murder leads Hank and Nick to a seemingly unstable man who is on the run with his daughter; Monroe realizes that filling in for Rosalee will be harder than he thought.
Here's a promo photo of star Rachel Taylor dressed up as Tippi Hedren from The Birds for the show's Halloween episode and fifth overall, "A Crowd of Demons." Here are some hints from Taylor and executive producer David Wilcox about what to expect:
Taylor: This is the episode where everything shifts. Some pretty horrible things happen to my character. We're hitting the Rosemary's Baby territory where everyone's looking at Jane thinking she's crazy.
Wilcox: "The Dorans host one of the most exclusive costume parties in the city. What Jane comes to find out is something very dark occurred on Halloween night.
The tenth episode of the upcoming season eight is reportedly called "Don't Stop Believing." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the 23rd (23rd!) cryptic teaser.
Here are some promo photos for episode ten, "Life After Death", which airs October 1. [SpoilerTV]
We're busting out the combined category for this promo, which is for both the next episode of Warehouse 13 and the third season of Haven.
Here's the latest sneak peek for The CW's Green Arrow show.
Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse alum Tahmoh Penikett has reportedly joined the cast as "Tom Salvati, the right-hand man to mob boss Frank Bertinelli" — the same Frank Bertinelli who is the father of Helena Bertinelli, otherwise known as the Huntress. While the Huntress is set to debut in the sixth episode, it's not clear if that will also mark Penikett's first appearance, or indeed if this is a one-off role or a recurring character. Frank Bertinelli himself will be played by Jeffrey Nordling, who you probably remember from 24 or Tron Legacy but who I personally know best as Coach Bombay's successor in D3: The Mighty Ducks. I'm equal parts thrilled and horrified that I still remember that. [Live Feed]
Here's a clip from the series premiere of Smallville star Kristin Kreuk's big return to The CW.
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.