Warner Bros. might be moving ahead with a Man of Steel sequel. A J.G. Ballard novel and a Victorian supernatural thriller get movie adaptations. Watch some new Oz the Great and Powerful videos. Plus Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Arrow, and more!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Oz the Great and Powerful.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
There's a new batch of set photos, featuring Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson and our first glimpse of Sally Field's return appearance as Aunt May. Go here for the rest, or click the picture at left. [/Film]
Man of Steel 2
Following on from yesterday's positive reports about the movie — which, again, might be total bullshit, but still — comes a rumor that Warner Bros. is pushing ahead with development of the sequel. David Goyer, who had a hand in writing all three Dark Knight movies as well as Man of Steel, is reportedly returning to write the sequel, although it should be stressed that this is all very much in the rumor stage. [Think McFly Think]
Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister is currently working on his directorial debut, which is being described as a cross between Inception and 2001. If nothing else, Pfister will have plenty of star power on hand, as Johnny Depp has now officially signed on for the project, which begins shooting in April. Depp is described as playing "a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness." Also in negotiations to appear in the film: Paul Bettany, who voices Tony Stark's computer J.A.R.V.I.S. and could just possibly be doing something similar here — although no details about Bettany's possible role have yet been released. [THR]
Oz the Great and Powerful
There's a bunch more videos pertaining to Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel. First, here's an interview with star James Franco:
And here's a sneak peek clip featuring the China Girl, followed by an interview with actress Joey King, who previously played the young Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.
The Drowned World
Warner Bros. is working on an adaptation of the late J.G. Ballard's acclaimed novel. The movie is being produced by the super-team of David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter movies, and Jeffrey Clifford, producer of Hotel For Dogs. Yes, THE Hotel For Dogs — I've got to think Heyman is a little in awe of his new colleague. Anyway, for those unfamiliar, here's a synopsis of Ballard's novel, courtesy of Deadline:
[The book] is set during 2145 and imagines a terrifying world in which solar radiation has melted the ice caps. Jungles have overrun continental Europe, and London is for the most part left submerged under water. The protagonist is a biologist who lives on the 35th floor of a high-rise, where only two floors sit above the water line. He battles a savage environment, and primordial creatures that prowl the undergrowth. Oh yeah, and there are also the Mad Max-like anarchists who rule the city and terrorize its inhabitants.
Jena Malone, whose previous credits include Donnie Darko and Sucker Punch, will reportedly star as the mother of the title character in the adaptation of Arthur Philips's 2007 "Victorian ghost story." The movie is set to be directed by Teeth's Mitchell Lichtenstein. Here's a description of the original novel:
The novel opens in London, the 1880's, and the Barton household is on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke each other, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family's tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast, and sympathies shift; nothing is at it seems. These differing accounts appear to contradict each other, but each one casts new light-and new shadows-on the others, and on the desires and fears that drive these vivid characters.
In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. By day, the mother's failing health and the father's many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter-innocent and vulnerable, or precocious and manipulative-flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy.
Game of Thrones
Here's a nearly complete list of episode titles for season three:
Ep. 301 – Valar Dohaeris
Ep. 302 – Dark Wings, Dark Words
Ep. 303 – Walk of Punishment
Ep. 304 – And Now His Watch is Ended
Ep. 305 – Kissed by Fire
Ep. 306 – to be determined
Ep. 307 – The Bear and the Maiden Fair
Ep. 308 – to be determined
Ep. 309 – The Rains of Castamere
Ep. 310 – Mhysa
The Walking Dead
Here's another promo photo from this weekend's episode, "Clear." More pics at the link. [Shock Till You Drop]
Once Upon a Time
Here are some sneak peeks for this Sunday's episode, "The Queen Is Dead."
Episode twenty-one will reportedly feature Heidi, who is "13, British, and also described as being compassionate, mischievous, and somewhat naive about how dangerous the world can be." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo photo from episode fourteen, "Natural Born Wesen." Go here for the rest.
Episode twenty is reportedly called "Kiss of the Muse." Here are a couple tidbits about the episode:
It will feature Zoe, a Musai — an Elfin-like Wesen whose kiss is euphoric and addictive. Also in this episode we will meet Anton, a painter who can morph into a Luisant-Pecheur (an otter-like creature).
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Goodbye Stranger." The description for the episode is below:
SAM, DEAN, CASTIEL AND MEG TEAM UP AGAINST CROWLEY AND HIS DEMONS - Castiel (Misha Collins) reappears in Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean's (Jensen Ackles) life and tells them Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) has unleashed several demons into a small town. The demons are looking for Lucifer's Crypt, which holds a valuable asset, but Castiel lies to Sam and Dean about what it is. While interrogating a demon, the three discover Crowley has been torturing Meg (guest star Rachel Miner), who knows the exact location of the crypt. Sam and Meg fight to hold Crowley off while Dean and Castiel go in search of the crypt. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson (#817).
Here's a promo for the next episode, "The Huntress Returns."
And here's a synopsis of the episode:
EDM MEGASTAR STEVE AOKI OPENS OLIVER'S NEW NIGHTCLUB - With his nightclub set to open and a new romance brewing with McKenna (guest star Janina Gavankar), Oliver (Stephen Amell) is as happy as he's been since returning to Starling City. But when Oliver's ex, The Huntress (guest star Jessica De Gouw), suddenly returns to town, she threatens to destroy everything and everyone he cares about. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and her father (Paul Blackthorne) struggle with the return of Dinah Lance (guest star Alex Kingston) who claims she has proof Sara is still alive. Thea (Willa Holland) gets Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) a job at Oliver's club, but he's not too inclined to stop his life of crime. Oliver and Tommy (Colin Donnell) are thrilled they were able to get Steve Aoki to play at the opening of their new nightclub, Verdant. David Ramsey and Susanna Thompson also star.
Here's a preview of episode twenty's main villain, courtesy of E! Online:
Edward Rasmus, a wealthy investment broker/fraud who has a network of criminal associates at his disposal and thinks he's untouchable in Starling City. Ha! Rasmus, who has silver-streaked hair (Hmmm...), defrauds investors and rides off with their money, something we're sure Oliver isn't too impressed by.
Omnipresent comics writer Geoff Johns, who also wrote this week's episode, discusses Oliver's decision to reveal his secret identity to Diggle, Felicity Smoak, and now Tommy:
Yeah, for specific different reasons. Revealing to Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) was by necessity. He wanted to work with them, so he chose to do it. But in this case, it's something that was surprising to everybody. When he revealed it to Diggle and Felicity, it wasn't as surprising. But, this moment took everybody by surprise, including the characters. And the fall-out is very different. With Diggle, it was like, "Okay, you're out of your mind, but let's do this." Felicity was like, "I'll help how I can, but I don't like how you're going about this." But, they're still with him. I think Tommy (Colin Donnell) is going to have an extremely different viewpoint, and Oliver (Stephen Amell) is going to question whether or not he should have done it, in the first place.
How will the big reveal affect the friendship with Tommy and Oliver?
The heartbeat of this episode was this friendship, and it's a real friendship. I think Tommy was as lost as Oliver was, when Oliver was on that island. You see Oliver come back into Tommy's life, and he starts to turn it around. Tommy has a lot of pain and Oliver was always there for him, and then he disappeared. Now, Oliver has come back into Tommy's life, and for Tommy, it's the greatest thing that could have ever happened to him, save for maybe the return of his mother. You can clearly see how important Oliver is to Tommy, and this episode potentially threatens that. Tommy is important to Oliver, too, but he hasn't been able to be truthful with him. He hasn't been able to be himself with him anymore. Things have changed, and he's trying to help his friend, but there's just so much mystery and secrets between the both. Obviously, this episode will have a lot of fall-out on that. We'll see it in upcoming episodes.
He also offers some insight into Malcolm's motivations:
Malcolm thinks he's doing the right thing, and maybe he is, on some level, but the consequences of what he wants to do, which hasn't been quite revealed yet, are pretty massive. But, I think his end goal is altruistic and also informed by the death of his wife, so you can understand it and certainly understand him. The characters that have greys are the more interesting characters. The hero who sometimes crosses the line and the villain who sometimes doesn't are just much more interesting.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
American Horror Story
Series creator Ryan Murphy previews Titanic and About Schmidt star Kathy Bates's role in the upcoming third season:
"Oh, Kathy's never [played] someone this bad. Her [character] is a bad, bad woman! [She's] five times worse than [her] Misery character - which is why she liked it. When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened. It's a true event… You'll see. It's some good stuff."
Here's the latest promo for Syfy's upcoming post-apocalyptic alien western.
The Canadian hit has been renewed for a fourth season. [TV Line]
Here's a teaser for the second season.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.