James Cameron hints at the long-term future of Avatar. The cast of Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon's new science fiction Western takes shape. ABC reveals all about its two fantastical pilots. Plus videos for Cabin in the Woods, Battleship, and Skyfall!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Game of Thrones.
Man of Steel
Warner Bros. has released a new promotional banner, which gives us a pretty good idea of this movie's take on the Superman S-shield. [Coming Soon]
Avatar 2 and 3
Freshly returned from the Marianas Trench, director James Cameron says the Avatar series as a whole will be shaped by his trip to the deepest point on Earth:
"The 'Avatar' films, of which you've only seen one, will always be heavily influenced by the ocean and by my exploration and my diving and all that. So I'm not sure exactly how what I find on this expedition will manifest itself in those movies, but I guarantee there will be some connection."
Perhaps the most interesting thing about that quote is how he describes the Avatar series. I'd swear that wording implies that he plans to make a lot more than just three of these things. Of course, that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what will actually happen, especially considering we don't seem to be any closer to Avatar 2 now than we were in 2009. [MTV Movies Blog]
Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Cabin in the Woods
Here's a new TV spot for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's much-anticipated horror movie, which comes out in two weeks. [Shock Till You Drop]
The official site for the latest James Bond movie has released a pair of video blogs centered on the movie's two female leads (non Judi Dench category), with one focused on Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine and the other on Naomie Harris as the field agent Eve. Like most everything else to do with Skyfall, the videos are still fairly light on what to expect from the movie itself. [/Film]
I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye director DJ Caruso is reportedly in final negotiations to direct this film for Sony, which currently has set a tentative release date of March 7, 2014. Here's a fairly extensive description of the screenplay by Ehren Kruger, who was involved in writing the last two Transformers movies, and Bradley Cramp, whose most tangible credit up to now was probably as production supervisor on Gattaca:
A long lost NASA space probe mysterious crash lands in New York City, apparently under the influence of a "dark energy" force that drives the universe's expansion. But the scientific curiosity soon becomes a disaster of cataclysmic proportions as Earth's own gravity is disrupted and eventually reversed, causing skyscrapers and bridges to be ripped from the ground and rivers to rain from the sky. A team led by the Office of Emergency Management supervisor is forced to mount a desperate mission into upside-down Manhattan to avert the entire planet's destruction.
Devoid of Life
Content House and Mosaic are reportedly teaming up to develop Raffaele Ienco's Image Comics series, described as a scifi horror project that follows "the discovery of a hidden planet in our solar system with a series of horrible deaths occurring at an observatory, leading investigators to a plot that threatens to destroy all human life." [Variety]
Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "Nothing As It Seems." You can check out the link for another video. [BuddyTV]
Seth Gabel discusses what's ahead for Lincoln Lee now that the old timeline is apparently reemerging:
. "Towards the end of Season 3, Lincoln [Prime] and Peter did have a conversation where he said, like, ‘Feel free to come back one day.' It was left open for Lincoln to become a part of that world because now that he knows about it, he's either going to get killed by the government or they'll let him in!"
Game of Thrones
Here's one more promo for the season two premiere this Sunday.
Here's a video that goes behind the scenes of a recent TV Guide photo shoot with stars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Kit Harington. The three also preview what's ahead for Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, and Jon Snow this season.
And here are some excerpts from the interview, including more of what to expect from the characters this season:
Nikolaj: For me, it's [what he does in] Episode 7. Jaime has a very cool way he relates to a family member.
Peter: You can't say! That's an amazing bit. Everything's cool about Tyrion. His clothes are a lot less muddy. I'm sort of running the country because Joffrey's crazy. It's been fun doing that. How it turns out, how he does as Hand of the King, remains to be seen.
Kit: Jon goes through such a change. He finally gets to go on that noble journey he's always wanted.
They then talk a bit more about their respective characters' love lives:
Kit: He meets a wildling girl. But Jon has told himself he's never going to sleep with a woman. He wants to stay pure until he dies. So he's in a conflict. This girl breaks through.
Peter: [For Tyrion] there's this prostitute, and what should be one thing becomes another. It starts to run deep.
Nikolaj: Jaime's a prisoner. He misses his sister, his love.
Elsewhere, Lena Headey discusses what's ahead for Cersei:
"You get a real glimpse into her guilt as a mother and her fear of what she's created [in Joffrey]. She's just starting to slightly crumble and feel the reality of her world. There's a lot of drinking... also massive denial about her son's behavior. There's a moment where she absolutely shows Tyrion her true self. He becomes like a sort of confidante - almost - because she has nobody else. She can't help but torture [Sansa]. I think that's driven by her envy. She's just fucking mean all season."
Speaking of Sansa Stark, actress Sophie Turner reveals, "Sansa's kind of suffering at the hands of Joffrey and she literally has no one this season, so you're gonna see her grow a lot." Finally, here's some more from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, in which he tries to dig deep to the core of Jaime:
"I think the core of Jaime Lannister is actually that final line in the pilot when he says, ‘the things I do for love.' He might do horrible things - and they are truly, some of them, horrific. There's no excuses. But he does it out of what he sees as a necessity, out of love. If this kid tells the world what he's seen, the woman I love will be killed, and the children we have will be killed. That was kind of my hook to this guy. Also, the thing that defines him, in public, is that he's the kingslayer and has done this horrible deed. Now, again, the way he sees it, he knows things others don't know because he was so close to the Mad King. He sees it is his proudest moment. The rest of the world doesn't share that view. But I like that whole theme of how people perceive us vs. how we perceive ourselves and how those things aren't necessarily the same. I think we can all relate to that."
Here's an interview with Kristain Nairn, who plays Bran Stark's simple but loyal servant Hodor. [TV Equals]
Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "That's Not My Penguin." [SpoilerTV]
Costar Laura Allen discusses how Hannah is dealing with her husband Michael's dreams of another reality, and the possibility that they might ultimately split up:
"I think it's the real crux of the problem in their relationship. There's kind of an unspoken rule that we don't talk about his dreams anymore. We can talk about Rex, but we can't talk about the dreams because any time he mentions new information about Rex, it's almost a threat to her. In some way it's like saying, 'You really didn't know him.' There's a big piece of new information that comes at us about Rex that Michael has access to before I do, and it's a big challenge to get our heads around," Allen teases. "You pull these threads and suddenly there are all these new things you learn about the son that you thought you knew. It kind of keeps him alive in a new way and yet it humbles her too because she thought she knew everything."
"There are some awful statistics about real-life couples [whose marriage doesn't] make it through the loss of a child. She doesn't understand his situation - that somehow he can keep his job going and not grieve like she does so emotionally. But it's not that she wants to go on without him. She's actually really connected to Rex through him. I think she sees her son in him, and so to lose him would really be for her to lose Rex."
Once Upon a Time
Here are two sneak peeks for this Sunday's episode, "The Stable Boy", featuring Black Swan's Barbara Hershey as the probably not particularly pleasant herself mother of the Evil Queen. [TV Line]
Here are some promo photos for tonight's episode, "Island of Dreams." [KSiteTV]
And here are some for next week's episode, "The Thing with Feathers." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Kite Strings."
666 Park Avenue
ABC has released logos, lengthy descriptions, and cast lists for its new pilots. Here's the one in which Lost's Terry O'Quinn is the owner of a New York apartment building where seemingly supernatural things are going down. The announced cast includes O'Quinn, Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor, Robert Buckley, Mercedes Masohn, Samantha Jade Logan, Helena Mattsson, and Vanessa Williams. [SpoilerTV]
If you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At 666 Park Avenue, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. But just be careful what you wish for, because the price you pay... could be your soul. Welcome to The Drake, the premiere apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran (Terry O'Quinn - Lost) and his sexy wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams - Desperate Housewives), The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they're living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they've been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple - Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor - Charlie's Angels, Grey's Anatomy) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable - Brothers & Sisters) - is hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home. Allow yourself to be seduced by 666 PARK AVENUE, and unravel the mysteries of this devilish new drama from Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) and executive producers David Wilcox (Fringe, Life on Mars), Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries) and Gina Girolamo (The Secret Circle, The Lying Game).
Beauty and the Beast (ABC)
And here's the same for ABC's Beauty and the Beast pilot, which seems to be taking roughly the same mildly revionist fairy tale approach as see on Once Upon a Time. The cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Christopher Egan, Darius Campbell, Ruth Bradley, Meegan Warner, Karen LeBlanc, Alan Dale, and Wendy Crewson. [SpoilerTV]
His eyes. His piercing blue eyes. Before Princess Grace (Ruth Bradley - Titanic mini-series) ever met Shiro (Darius Campbell), she dreamt of his unforgettable eyes and knew that, despite his beastly appearance, he held a powerful connection to her. From the studio that brought you Once Upon a Time, and executive producers Jon Steinberg (Human Target, Jericho) and Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected, Happy Town), comes an epic and achingly romantic re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast, set in a fantastically mythical and dangerous new world. In the capital city of Kendan, the kingdom is at war, and its leader Lord Dorian is laying on his deathbed. Grace, his beautiful and headstrong young daughter, is quietly ruling with guidance from Council leader Cyril (F. Murray Abraham). Grace soon discovers deceit and betrayal at the highest levels of the realm. A traitor, she learns, has poisoned her father. Leaving her fiancé Garrick (Chris Egan - Letters to Juliet) behind, Grace embarks on a treacherous journey to find a cure and save her father's life. Her adventure takes her across sweeping lands where she is taken captive by Shiro, a mysterious and tragically heroic beast. Shiro is intrigued by Grace, and despite his allegiance to the enemy, eventually allows her to return home to save her father. But their connection cannot be denied, nor can the idea that fate will bring them together again...
Dances With Wolves actor Graham Greene has reportedly been cast in Syfy's new series, which sounds a bit like a post-apocalyptic Deadwood, with Farscape's Rockne S. O'Bannon producing. Here's a helpful description of the series and Greene's place in it:
Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. It centers on Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler), the law-keeper in bustling frontier boomtown Defiance that is one of the new world's few oasis of civility and inclusion. Greene will play Rafe McCawley, a self-made success who owns and operates the largest mine in the territory. However, Rafe's status as the richest and most powerful human in town comes with a price, as he struggles to navigate both familial and political alliances in this precariously assembled new world.
The cast also includes a pair of Dexter alums in Julie Benz and Jaime Murray, who you might also remember from her guest stint on Warehouse 13, plus Doctor Who's own Vincent Van Gogh, Tony Curran, and British actress Stephanie Leonidas. Since I think we missed all these casting announcements the first time around, here's a helpful recap:
Benz will play Amanda Rosewater, the idealistic newly appointed mayor of the mining boomtown who is determined to maintain peace in the community. Leonidas will play Irisa, a beautiful warrior who is part of an alien race called the Irathients. After Nolan killed her criminal father, he adopted the girl and raised her as his clever – and lethal – right-hand. Curran will play Datak Tarr, a member of another elite alien race known as the Castithans who schemed his way out of his home planet before it was destroyed. Murray will play Datak's beautiful and proper wife.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Heart of Darkness", which brings the show back from hiatus on April 19.
The Secret Circle
Here's the promo for the next episode, "Crystal", which also airs April 19.
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.