Mad Men's January Jones talks about the plot, characters, costumes, and possible sequels for the X-Men prequel. A new Green Lantern photo unites hero and villain. We'll know the star of The Dark Tower very soon. Wake up to spoilers!
X-Men: First Class
Emma Frost actress January Jones offers her thoughts on the breakneck fast production schedule for this film, which comes out June 3:
Well, we're still shooting it. When I heard it was coming out that quickly, I had a lot of questions. They're editing as we go, doing the visual effects as we go. Obviously, I have a lot of faith in the people we're using for those things. I didn't have to do any wire work, but there was a lot of wire work involved for some of the characters and there are times when you're imagining this is going to be happening behind you so you react to that, which was my first experience with that sort of thing and which was fun. It was like coming to work and being a little kid and using your imagination and times feeling kind of silly, but embracing the fact that it's going to look awesome. And from what I've seen it looks amazingly incredible. Just Emma Frost's diamond form alone I've never seen anything like it.
She also revealed the majority of her scenes are with Kevin Bacon's Sebastian Shaw, then Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy's Magneto and Professor X. Regarding how much backstory her character gets, Jones explains:
Not in this one. We don't go into too much of the backstory. Not really. it's more of a mystery about the relationship she has with Shaw and her past and why she reacts certain ways to certain things. I think the fans of the comic who know her history will understand why she does certain things because they know her, but I don't think it'll be confusing to audiences who don't know her backstory either.
She also said it's tricky to figure out whether Emma Frost is a hero or villain, that this film does indeed involve the Cuban Missile Crisis, and that she would love to do a sequel. As you can probably tell, this is a pretty fantastic interview - check out the link for more. [IGN]
Director Matthew Vaughn also acknowledges just how quick the shooting process is:
"I'm at that stage where I feel like a boxer against the ropes. We're filming at the moment, we've a lot to get done. I've never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I'm used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We've definitely got a release date and we've got to make it.
He also is quite confident about how his movie will compete with all the other big superhero movies coming this year:
"With Green Lantern, I don't know about that one, I couldn't get my head around the trailer, to be honest … look, I will say the following: X-Men as a brand is bigger than Captain America, Thor and the Green Lantern, all put together."
Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Shan discusses the possibility of reshoots, and why they're actually a good thing:
"The possibility of re-shoots is definitely a high percentage. But I think that always helps, because you can come back to it and see what it is that needs to be added or taken away. I think we'll have a little bit of that too."
He also discussed his working relationship with Captain America himself, Chris Evans:
"You always hope that you're going to be able to work with people that you get along with. Chris and I got along so well. I love that guy. Not only did he really fill out his shoes in terms of being a leader and taking the movie on his shoulders - he did that very naturally, he's a natural leader - but we also got along so well. Most of my scenes are with him, so I had the great ability to go to him to talk about the scenes. He became my right hand man throughout the process."
Here's a new image showing Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and Peter Sarsgaard as a pre-transformation Hector Hammond. It appears that Tim Robbins is also visible in the background to the left of Sarsgaard - Robbins plays Hammond's father in the film. [CinemaTeaser]
The Dark Tower
Ron Howard's producing partner Brian Grazer says the casting decision for main character Roland - a role heavily rumored for either Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem - should be made within a week...and he said that on Sunday. So assuming he was serious, we should be very close to a casting decision at this point. Meanwhile, Ron Howard further detailed how he envisions the overall approach to Stephen King's epic series, and how involved he plans to be:
"Right now what we're talking about is a movie and six or eight hours of television to bridge. My plan is to do most of those TV hours, if not all, and certainly the movies."
Howard also confirmed that the movie cast will reprise their roles in the television series. [MTV Movies Blog]
Sherlock Holmes 2
The remake of the Spanish time travel movie is still humming along. Producer Steve Zaillian is now working on the rewrites of Tim Sexton's original script, and the project has found a new home at Dreamworks after original backer United Artists collapsed. Zaillian's previous screenwriting credits include Gangs of New York, Schindler's List, American Gangster, and the upcoming American remake of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. [Deadline]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Director Mike White has left the project, joining the list of notable people who've abandoned the movie, including former director David O. Russell and former star/producer Natalie Portman. Like the others, White is reportedly leaving for scheduling reasons, and totally not because this ridiculous project is impossible to take seriously for extended periods of time. [Deadline]
Here's a plot summary for the animated adaptation of Grant Morrison's instant classic:
In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor's perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth's safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.
And here are some photos of Lex Luthor, along with some thoughts from his voice actor Anthony LaPaglia:
I found it surprising that Lex Luthor was getting a bit spiritual (laugh). I guess it's kind of like a sign of the times where he's trying to get in touch with the inner Lex. The journey Lex Luthor takes in this film – in the beginning it's what you'd expect: he's interested in power and world domination and Superman is the bane of his existence. And then as it progresses, there's a slight injection of humanity, which is surprising to Lex Luthor that he's even experiencing feelings that are remotely human. So it kind of gives him an unusual arc. He definitely has more dimension to him in this film.
J.J. Abrams reveals an upcoming episode will link back to a season one episode in a major way. He says it isn't essential to have seen the earlier episode to know what's going on, but it's a "huge" link that's "cleverly done", so it should be rewarding to long-time fans. [TV Line]
Episode 13 will reportedly be called "Immortality." [SpoilerTV]
It's looking likely that Alcide and Sookie will kiss sometime in the first six episodes of the new season. [TV Line]
The young socialite Vivian, the new character played by Supernatural actress Lauren Cohan, will suddenly find herself in the spy world, and she will see a lot of herself in Chuck. [TV Line]
A press release for actress Stephanie Jackson reveals she is playing the nurse that delivers Ellie and Captain Awesome's baby in episode 13, "Chuck vs. the Push Mix", confirming just when the baby will arrive. [ChuckTV]
No Ordinary Family
Eric Balfour, who you might remember from some combination of Six Feet Under, 24, Haven, or Skyline, will reportedly appear in two March episodes as a death row inmate named Marcus Winnick who threatens the Powells. [TV Guide]
Here's a synopsis for episode 15, "No Ordinary Powell":
The Powells' lives are in danger when Dr. King orders shape-shifter Victoria Morrow (Rebecca Mader, "Lost") to infiltrate the household and murder one of the family members; and JJ, with the aid of Daphne, attempts to solve the cold case murder of his ex-girlfriend Natalie's mother.
Blair Underwood reveals the show is done with all the flashbacks because...well, because they were kinda stupid, basically. He also discusses the future of the show, complete with a random shot at V:
"We had been jumping around a lot and doing flashbacks and that was confusing to people. So when we come back, that device is done with! We are now telling the story straight through so people can track it and follow it easier. We have some great stuff planned and have revamped a few things. I do know the general plan of where it is headed by season finale time. The first 10 episodes was all about setting the stage and now we can tell the story. People have the background they need. We know the others are coming and they are going to have some effect on the ones who have been living among us. You know, the other others, without a tail, that aren't reptilian."
He also revealed that Desperate Housewives actor Roger Bart is joining the cast as White House Chief of Staff. [EW]
Jason Ritter's Sean will apparently get involved in a hugely unlikely romance that will kickstart his total reversal from the innocent he was at the start of the show. [TV Line]
I hate funerals. esp when they last all day & it's raining & it's cold & I still have 2 go 2 the morgue & pull goo out of a corpse's ear.
Here's a tentative list of upcoming episode titles:
#6.14 "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning"
#6.15 "The French Mistake"
#6.16 "…And Then There Were None"
#6.17 "Trail of the Dead"
#6.18 "Your Time Is Gonna Come"
Being Human (US)
Executive producer Jeremy Clarke offers some more thoughts on how this show will compare with the British original:
You're going to come across some similar moments, characters and situations that you have seen in the British version. Some of them are going to be treated in the same way and many, if not most of them, are going to be treated in a different way. We take a look at this show that we were given the chance to reimagine and we did a lot of what-if scenarios, like "What if this character actually did this?" or "What if he took this moment and you spun it into something like this?" Our mantra was to start from the same place because the show has a wonderful premise, [and] I don't know why you would necessarily screw around with that too much. We pretty much try just to use that as a launching pad.
There's more at the link. [BuddyTV]
Here's photos, two clips, and a plot synopsis for the next episode, "Welcome to Happy Harbor":
After Speedy declines to join the new team, Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash fear Young Justice is just a big joke…while new member Miss Martian fears there's no room for her to be part of it. So when the four heroes and Superboy come up against Mister Twister, it looks like all their fears have just been realized…
Here's a sneak peek for the next episode, "Unholy Alliance":
Erica Durance explains how things have changed for Lois now that she knows the big secret:
Well, I am getting introduced to different sorts of things. I'm just trying to find my niche and how I fit into things. What's lovely is actually getting to be a part of that Lois Lane legacy, so now I can contribute in the way that she does. Being a journalist and getting to investigate and going off on her own and kind of digging deeper and doing it the human way. Without any magical powers. [laughs] And what I love about her is that she often comes to the same conclusions as they do, but she obviously doesn't have the extra gifts. It's just being human and being tenacious. And there is a little more camaraderie between her and Tess (Cassidy Freeman) and Tess can see good things about Lois. They've always gone head to head but now they're kind of on the same team. All working for a common good. Most recently I just shot something where I went under cover, sleuthing for her, so that will be a fun one.
There's more at the link. [Newsarama]
Upcoming guest characters Booster Gold and Blue Beetle haven't been cast yet, but the producers want someone blond and smarmy for Booster, while Blue Beetle will be played by a Latino actor who can pull off nerdy teenager. [TV Line]
The upcoming episodes "Scion" and "Beacon" will reportedly see the return of High School Musical's Lucas Grabeel, who played a young Lex Luthor clone back in season six. He's now back again as the clone Alexander. [KryptonSite]
Episode 18 will reportedly be called "Kent." [KryptonSite]
Get ready, world, because Heroes creator Tim Kring is making a new series for Fox. It involves a "father who discovers that his autistic, mute son can actually predict events before they happen." Well, there's absolutely no way a premise like that can degenerate into a listless, absurd mess, so we should be solid.
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.