Guillermo del Toro explains why he signed off on a 3D conversion for Pacific Rim. Doctor Who might be headed to New Zealand... but first check out trailers for Amy and Rory's big farewell. Plus three new Looper clips!
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Top image from Pacific Rim.
With Mark Ruffalo's Hulk arguably the breakout star of The Avengers, the thought of giving him his own spin-off movie seems considerably more reasonable than it was, say, six months ago. Here's what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige considers the prospect, suggesting it could indeed happen, but not for a while yet:
"Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in 'Avengers'? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until [after] 'Avengers 2.' So there's a lot of time to think about it. Part of what's fun about the way we played him in 'Avengers' is the ensemble quality of it. I think the pathos and humor, most importantly, that Mark and Joss brought to it showcased a different element of Hulk that's there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn't get to have that wry sense of humor that Mark did such an amazing job performing."
Here's a trio of sneak peek clips. [IGN]
Director Guillermo del Toro explains why he signed off on a post-production 3D conversion, despite specifically saying this film wouldn't work in 3D due to issues of scale:
"What happened was, in the weeks and months following Comic-Con, what I asked from the studio was to agree to four points that I wanted to do. The more the ILM shots arrived, the more I realized that there were only a few shots that would miniaturize. I asked the studio, number one, that we would not hyper-stereo-lize the thing. That we would not force 3D on the beauty shots. That we would keep the giant dimensions. They agreed. Number two, they agreed to something very unusual. Normally a conversion takes a few weeks. I asked to start it immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example, 'Titanic' took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me an extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are CG native 3D. We're not giving elements. ILM is giving the composite in 3D from the get-go. That's a huge, huge element. Now I'm going to be involved in supervising it. What can I tell you? I changed my mind. I'm not running for office. I can do a Romney."
Here's a poster showcasing Sherlock star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. [First Showing]
Here's a TV spot for Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's genre- and centuries-spanning novel. [First Showing]
Star Aaron Johnson confirms the movie won't be a straight adaptation of Mark Millar's sequel comic book, which I think we all could have logically concluded from the fact that they weren't going to have this thing be rated NC-17 (and actually, that still might have somewhat undersold it):
There's some really interesting journeys [that] our characters embark on. I can't really go too deep into it, but I'm really excited about it; we've got a great cast. There are some really disturbing things in the comic book which we're not gonna put in, I think for the better. Yet it's got all the elements there and probably more, it's got a bit of narrative and story to be told, so it's great."
Here's a bunch of set photos. [Bleeding Cool]
Franchise veteran Glen Morshower suggests he will be one of the only humans to actually return for the continuation of the series, and said continuation will actually feature a fourth and fifth film made in quick succession, despite director Michael Bay's assurances that he's out after the fourth one, for serious this time. Here's what Morshower says executive producer Steven Spielberg told him after the recent launch of Transformers: The Ride:
"After I did the opening ceremonies for the ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said 'You know we've got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that. So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5."
And here's the latest from Bay himself on why he decided to keep going. It still sounds pretty definite that he's only making this fourth movie, not a fifth one, though I suppose the turnaround from his fourth movie to some other person's fifth movie could be brief, in keeping with the quote above. Anyway, here's Bay's justification:
I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you're thinking, Oh my God, someone's going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I'm about to do a little movie, "Pain & Gain" ... and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I'm thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know? ... When you have a franchise, it's very hard to give it up.
Meanwhile, in what I'm sure is heartening news for longtime fans, Michael Bay has confirmed that Peter Cullen will indeed be back as Optimus Prime for Transformers 4, despite the recent word from Hasbro that this new film will feature a mostly new cast of robots, because it's easier to sell toys that way. [IGN]
Here's an IMAX poster for Tim Burton's latest stop motion horror comedy. [First Showing]
Here's a poster for the upcoming Dreamworks film, in which various legends from childhood team up to save the day from a malevolent entity known as Pitch. [IGN]
The moment of truth is upon us — and, more specifically, for Amy and Rory — and so here are three trailers for their big farewell episode, "The Angels Take Manhattan." [Life, Doctor Who, And Combom]
Looking much further ahead, the rumors that Doctor Who will film an episode in either Australia or New Zealand is picking up steam, with star Matt Smith declaring he wants The Hobbit's Peter Jackson to direct a New Zealand-set episode. The call has also been taken up by Luther creator Neil Cross, who is writing two episodes for this current Doctor Who series and lives in Wellington, who says he has urged Steven Moffat to let him write an episode that would bring production down there at some point after next year's 50th anniversary special. Executive producer Caroline Skinner recently weighed in on the rumors, saying Cross and Moffat are actually discussing it more or less right now:
"Let's see what those two very brilliant writers come up with whilst they are in LA. It won't be for a while but rest assured that we are thinking about it. The landscapes and just the world of New Zealand is of course phenomenal and many movies are set in your beautiful country. It is also an extremely long way from Cardiff Bay so the logistics and the sheer scale of moving Doctor Who to New Zealand is something that would take an awful lot of planning and time. It's an enormous thing to move an entire production down there for an episode or two."
As for the acclaimed director, Peter Jackson hasn't commented on these rumors directly, although he has previously said he would direct Doctor Who at a moment's notice, and Moffat just needs to give him a time and place. Assuming he's not busy turning The Hobbit into a twelve-part series in 2014, it sounds like Moffat might actually take him up on that offer. [Stuff.co.nz]
And here are some behind-the-scenes photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode four, "Lowell, Indiana", which airs October 8:
MILES AND CHARLIE REUNITE WITH AARON AND MAGGIE – After Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Nora (Daniella Alonso) rescue Miles (Billy Burke) from Militia, they set off to meet Aaron (Zak Orth) and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips). Tracking Miles and Charlie at every turn is Nate (JD Pardo). As the gang reunites and continues on their journey, unforeseeable challenges await.
Show creator Eric Kripke explains the very limited role technology plays on the show:
"What's really interesting to me is that in a world with no technology, if very few isolated people can have it, that's magic. That's a way to put magic back in the world. These certain people are, for all intents and purposes, wizards in their ability to enact technology. When you're in the writers room, there is nothing more irritating than a cell phone because anyone can call for help and get whatever they need whenever they need it," Kripke explains. "So to put rules back in the storytelling so that when somebody busts out a Commodore 64 it's a miracle, that's a wonderful gift to a writer. That's a wonderful sandbox to play in."
There's more on the show at the link. [TV Line]
Here's a promo for the upcoming second season, which begins next Sunday. [KSiteTV]
And here's a pair of sneak peeks for the season premiere, "Broken."
Episodes four, five, and six are reportedly called "The Crocodile", "The Doctor", and "Tallahassee." [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo images for the sixth episode, "Over My Dead Body", which airs October 5. [SpoilerTV]
And here's the official description for episode seven, "The Bottle Imp", which airs October 12:
AN UNSETTLING MURDER SCENE LEADS NICK AND HANK TO WHAT LOOKS LIKE A BITTER CUSTODY BATTLE – JOSH STEWART GUEST STARS — After investigating a grisly murder, clues lead Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to a seemingly unstable father (guest star Josh Stewart) who is on the run with his daughter. As they learn more about the case they realize that the girl's father may be the least of their worries. At the spice shop, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) finds out filling in for Rosalee (Bree Turner) isn't as simple as he'd hoped it would be. Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) finds himself paying unwarranted attention to more than one woman from his past.
Here's a short description for the third episode of ABC's paranormal apartment drama, "The Dead Don't Stay Dead":
Jane repeatedly sees glimpses of a what may be an apparition; Gavin grooms Henry for a career change; a young journalist residing at the Drake realizes that anything she writes becomes the truth.
I'm guessing the "career change" thing will have either sexy or satanic results. Here's hoping for both. Oh, and there's a new promo photo of the cast below. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos from the second episode of season eight, "What's Up Tiger Mommy?", which airs October 10. [KSiteTV]
Here's a promo for tonight's episode, "The Devil Will Drag You Under."
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.