Iron Man 3casts yet another hot scientist. Joss Whedon is all about Avengers' fabulous costumes. Charlie Kaufman is adapting a classic young-adult dystopian novel. Hugh Grant plays six characters in Cloud Atlas. And deaths abound on television (and not just Game of Thrones)!
Wake up with spoilers!
Top image from Looper.
Iron Man 3
Rumor has it the lovely Jessica Chastain (The Help) has been cast in the film as scientist Maya Hansen. Along with Guy Pearce's supposed casting as Aldrich Killian this makes an Extremis based film even more likely. As you may know, Hansen is one of Tony Stark's many exes. She contacts him after her nanotech super soldier serum "Extremis" is loosed upon the world. While we'd all be thrilled to get a decent nanotech movie, we're also thrilled to have Ms. Chastain aboard. [First Showing]
Joss Whedon chatted with Slashfilm about Avengers. When asked what he had to get right about this project, Joss replied, "The fabulous outfits." Which should probably be the film's subtitle. More seriously, his biggest concern was the tone of the film:
There wasn't anything I was allowed to get wrong. It's not like we could let something side. For me, the biggest thing was going to be tonally "Will these guys all fit in the same movie?" "Can you make a believable film wherein you have all of these disparate characters?"
On working in Marvel's film universe he says:
You know it's difficult, but it's also liberating, because some of the work has been done for you and you know the voice of the person you are writing for and you know the voice of the character you've read for so many years. Ultimately the challenges were "How am I coming off of these other films and teeing up these other films and how am I getting enough out there without completely destroying what everybody else is trying to do after me?" That stuff is tricky, but in terms of "Oh, the whole thing has been cast…" It's not like that was a problem at all.
Tons more at the link. [Slash Film]
There's also a new Black Widow featurette:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Charlie Kaufman has been hired to adapt this acclaimed YA novel about a town filled with mind readers for Lionsgate. Here's the book's official description:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.
But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Or are there?
Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.
Which is impossible.
Prentisstown has been lying to him.
And now he's going to have to run.
Hugh Grant talks about the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's post-modern fantasia. As we've mentioned before, he'll be a different character in each of the six storylines — but it's not clear who he'll play in the dystopian section yet. He told MTV:
"It's the strangest film, strangest script, strangest offer I ever had. To play six small parts, all of them appalling killers and rapists, and some of them 85-year-old men and others Korean slave drivers. I thought maybe they were having a joke at my expense when they asked me to do it. So I said, 'Is this a joke?' And they said, 'No man, we love you!"
You can see the rest of his interview at the link. [MTV Movies Blog]
Okay, there's not any actual Beetlejuice 2 news. There's no script, no director, and no confirmed casting. But apparently Tim Burton and Michael Keaton have no interest in Bill Murray-ing the project. Which, if written, would be composed by noted Jane Austen collaborator (I really can't say that enough) Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith told Warner Bros.:
"For one, it couldn't be some kind of reboot or remake with a different actor playing Beetlejuice. I wasn't interested in that. I wanted actual Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and an actual sequel to the movie. Two, I said I'd only do it if Tim gave it his blessing and guided the process. I got both of those things: Tim to say if there was a good enough script he would help with the development of it and I got Michael Keaton to say, if the script was good enough, he'd be open to doing it."
Read the rest of the interview: [Film School Rejects]
The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp gives an interesting interview, in which he talks about developing Tonto's costume and how he hopes to subvert the character:
I'd actually seen a painting by an artist named Kirby Sattler, and looked at the face of this warrior and thought: That's it. The stripes down the face and across the eyes … it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual, if you know what I mean.... There's this very wise quarter, a very tortured and hurt section, an angry and rageful section, and a very understanding and unique side. I saw these parts, almost like dissecting a brain, these slivers of the individual. That makeup inspired me.
But what about the bird hat?
It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior's head. It looked to me like it was sitting on top. I thought: Tonto's got a bird on his head. It's his spirit guide in a way. It's dead to others, but it's not dead to him. It's very much alive.
Depp also once again stated that his role as Tonto is not a stereotype or a supporting performance:
The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try to [mess] around with the stereotype of the American Indian that has been laid out through history, or the history of cinema at the very least - especially Tonto as the sidekick, The Lone Ranger's assistant. As you'll see, it's most definitely not that.
You can compare the two images here.
Game of Thrones
Eugene Simon talked to TV Guide about his character, Lancel Lannister, and his transformation from season one to season two:
In the first season, when I first met Lancel, he was the squire to Robert Baratheon and having been raised in a household that was known for its power, its wealth and altogether its very elite attitude throughout the Seven Kingdoms, I did view him as a kind of loner. He's a guy who doesn't really doesn't have much of a relationship with his family. But what I liked about him, and as Season 2 will show, is that he has this ... deep-seated underlying ambition that has been inherently pumped into him simply because he is part of House Lannister. He's such a dutiful boy, and I think that sums up Lancel in a one-word kind of way, devotion to his House. But that's actually his main weakness: his intent to try to and be someone he's not, which is this powerful figure.
There's a ton of extra video from Game of Thrones online. Here's a roundup of all nine of them:
Lord and Protector
A Second Chance
Sending a Message
A Creative Mirage
The Rat Bucket
A Practical Nature
Inside the episode "Garden of Bones"
[gallery 5904559] It's 1938, River Song is posing as a gangster named Melody Malone, and she seems not to know Amy — or maybe is pretending not to know her. And there's some weird thing where people are turning into statues, or at least statues are appearing. At one point during filming, there was a statue of a young boy in a public squre, and then suddenly it was a young boy and a woman. There's also a scene where a man runs across the street towards this statuary. See some pictures above. [Doctor Who TV]
Here are some pictures from the next episode "Worlds Apart."
And the official episode description:
The teams on both sides, including Olivia and Peter, continue to fight for a common cause, and there are shocking developments tied to the Cortexiphan children.
Here's a new scene with Sam and Luna:
On Friday's episode, "Leave It to Beavers," David Zayas plays Sal Burrel, a monstrous troll-like creature known as the Hasslich.
TV Guide has the first look at Zayas in character. [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
And here's the first of the reported TV deaths for the week. E! Online is reporting: "Someone completely majorly shocking will die in the last three episodes of the season. It's the kind of death you can't imagine could possibly stick!" [E! Online]
Before anyone dies though, we have pictures from the next episode. [Buddy TV]
Another threatened death!
"The false world that we discovered in episode one is starting to unravel. In tonight's episode, Beverly is not all she seems, and that is saying a lot — plus, Holly is seeing dragons in the forest. Not everyone will survive the season's third episode."
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Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.