One actress has already had meetings about Paul Feig's Ghostbusters. Jenna Coleman squashes a rumor about Clara's fate in the Doctor Who Christmas special. The return of a villain is confirmed for Arrow. And what's so scary about Jurassic World? Spoilers now!
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On the Today Show, Rebel Wilson revealed that she had taken a meeting with Paul Feig about the possibility of being in his Ghostbusters film. Wilson said:
"Look, I have had a meeting, but who knows? They have to look at the script when it's finished." She added, "I would even do that without the money truck. I'd do that for free. I probably shouldn't say that live on TV."
Irrfan Khan talked about his role as the owner of Jurassic World and about how the new park will be scary:
What can you tell us about your upcoming role in Jurassic World?
I'm playing the park owner, a very flamboyant person. When the first Jurassic Park came out, I barely had the money to see it and now I'm playing a part. He's trying to entertain the world with good intentions, but sometimes being flamboyant doesn't mean having much wisdom.
What can people expect from this film, different from the original?
For sure it will have more vibe. It's the Jurassic World of these times, with all the technical experimentation. It has now become a fully-bloomed dinosaur amusement park. Dinosaurs in this film will definitely be scary, but this is not a horror film, so it will be like a scary adventure.
Agents of SHIELD
If you were wondering if the show was going to beat around the bush anymore about Skye's identity: they aren't. Executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon have confirmed that Skye is Daisy Johnson and her father is Calvin Zabo:
Tancharoen: That was our goal from the beginning. We always knew we wanted to evolve her into something else. But we've been big fans of Daisy Johnson and Secret Warriors. I think that's been pretty obvious in the series to date. So when we were given the go ahead to move forward with Daisy Johnson pretty early on, we were thrilled.
IGN: It's not a hard leap form there to who her dad should be, given the comics gives it to you, but you approach Calvin in a different way from what we're used to.
Tancharoen: We've done that with a lot of elements in our show. We've pulled from things that exist in the Marvel comic universe and given our own sort of twist to it so it can fit in our mythology. But yeah, we're just excited to have those two characters in our world.
Whedon: Kyle [MacLachlan] playing it… One of the things that appeals to us about the character is not just his relation to Daisy, but the idea of someone struggling with himself, which we think Kyle plays brilliantly. He's fast becoming one of our favorite characters to write.
They also commented on the city and the Inhumans plot:
Whedon: We can't comment on what the films plan to do. In terms of the theories on what city that is, I'll just say that we'll know what our characters know when they know it and as they learn about it, we'll learn about it.
Tancharoen: But yes we are diving into Inhuman territory.
IGN: Oh, okay! To clarify, is that just a word you're using or this is officially The Inhumans?
Tancharoen: We can officially say that.
In another interview, the pair once again talked about an Age of Ultron tie-in:
"We can't say, but it's always a possibility," Whedon says. Adds Tancharoen slyly: "As [Marvel TV Chief] Jeph Loeb says, 'it's all connected.' "
For more explicit comments on the second half of the season, the two said:
Whedon: One of the things that we're focused on doing is treating it realistically in terms of, yes, this is an organization of people who have dealt with people like this for a long time, but this is personal. What does it mean when one of your own turns? And not only that, because it's an emotional situation for her, and she doesn't totally understand what's going on, and because it was tied to all this dark, Hydra stuff, and stuff with her father, and Raina — it might not sit well. We're going to walk her through the steps of discovering what this really means, and coming to terms with it. All that stuff is really interesting to us, and in television, because we have time to explore, we can take her origin on all sorts of different paths. We're excited about it. But we aren't going to turn into a show where there's a new person with powers every week.
Tancharoen: We're going to focus on Skye, and how that affects the people around her, and how the relationships may shift. Because we've seen through the course of our series so far; we've spoken about how S.H.I.E.L.D. treats gifteds or views them, and they're categorized, things like that. What does that mean when one of your own is now considered someone with an ability? How do you categorize her?
Nick Frost talked about the dynamic between his Santa Claus and his elves:
I think they've worked together for hundreds of years, potentially. He's just really tired of them. And they're back-chatting him all the time. He just gets cross sometimes because Santa wants the last word or some kind of cool sentence, and they just undercut him, constantly. And within earshot too.
I think he's really tried of them but he's very protective towards them. He's their boss essentially. I've enjoyed working with those two [Nathan McMullen and Dan Starkey]. There's lots of improvisations in terms of things we whisper and physical ticks. It's nice to work that in and have the freedom to be able to do that.
We shot a scene yesterday on top of Clara's house. Bear in mind it took them about six weeks to build the set for a day's shoot. It's absolutely amazing and it looked amazing.
Of the monsters in the special, the Dream Crabs, Frost says, "Anything that clings to your face and potentially kills you is really creepy!" [Den of Geek]
Jenna Coleman debunked the rumor that Clara will be revealed to be pregnant with Danny Pink's child, saying, "This is news to me." She also refused to say if she's leaving, saying that it's being kept a secret so it'll be a genuine surprise on Christmas.
Steven Moffat said that the fight will have "some good monsters. If the Doctor and Santa are going to join forces, you've got to give them a real menace to fight, haven't you?"
And below is a new photo from the special. [Entertainment Weekly]
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed that Peter Stormare is returning as Count Vertigo in episode 3.13:
It's a thrill to have Peter Stormare return as Vertigo. When people see this episode, I think they'll find that it's a culmination of a lot of elements that we've put into place in the first 12 episodes of Season 3. For that reason, it felt appropriate to us to have Peter return since he was the villain of the episode that kicked off all of this madness. It's also just a joy to work with him.
Katrina Law says that there was never any chance that Nyssa would believe Malcolm Merlyn's insinuation that her father had Sara killed:
Merlyn's attempt to plant a seed of doubt into the minds of Nyssa and Arrow was lost on Nyssa. She is all too aware of the deviousness and selfishness of Merlyn's motives. I personally feel that had Ra's al Ghul wanted Sara dead for the reason Merlyn gave, he would have done it a long time ago and with the League watching. But that's just my guess. The writers don't tell me much, as you can tell from my character's original breakdown.
Episode 3.14 will be called "The Return." [via SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Executive producer Caroline Dries talked about how much the Gemini mythology would play into the rest of the season:
It will continue to be a pretty big part of the season as Kai tries to complete his goal, which is to merge with his sister Jo (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). In Kai's mind, Liv and Luke (Chris Brochu) aren't enemies because they all want the same thing — Liv and Luke don't want to merge with each other — so he's smart to use Tyler (Michael Trevino) to do his bidding for him to get Liv and Luke on his side. Of course, it'll come with complications, the biggest being that Jo doesn't have magic and you need both sides to have magic. So, the first step is to get Jo reunited with her magic.
She also gave a little insight into Bonnie's state of mind in tonight's midseason finale:
We'll see her super happy in the flashbacks, and the first thing we shed light on is that Bonnie really loves the holidays and it reminds her of her best friends Caroline and Elena. So, she is stuck in this prison world, but is going to try to make the best of this situation. But as she goes through this, she'll realize it's a lot easier said then done and it's a reminder of how lonely she is. Even though she's in this horrible situation, she's actually developing into a much stronger, harder, bigger badass and she's learned how to take care of herself.
As for Stefan, his mission in the episode is to "redeem himself in the eyes of Caroline and try to mend this friendship." More at the link. [TV Guide]
Here's a clip from tonight's episode:
Executive producer Matt Miller says that the question of why Henry is immortal, as well as him starting to proactively search for "Adam," his fellow immortal played by Burn Gorman. We will also see more flashbacks to Henry and Abigail raising young Abe. As for how the events of the midseason finale will affect Henry, Miller says:
There's this line in the pilot where he says to Henry, "I've been looking for you for a very long time." We will, through the course of season 1, come to understand how he learned about Henry, and a connection that they share that Henry didn't even know about or the anonymous character didn't know about; a shared connection that we build towards at the end of the season.
How does killing someone affect Henry?
It certainly has a lasting affect on him in the very next episode, but it's not as if every episode he's dealing with the post traumatic stress of having done that. He certainly feels manipulated by Adam and feels as if that relationship is irreparable. But what's interesting is watching Adam trying to mend that relationship. How can he possibly ever forgive Adam for that? Watching Adam tell him things and watching things Adam does for Henry, and maybe even things he does for Abe, that allows Adam to buy back a little bit of that goodwill.
Devon Bostwick went to Twitter to say that next week's midseason finale is going to be a big one:
Episodes 10.10 and 10.11 will be aired out of order, since they were filmed out of order. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a new poster. [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
American Horror Story
Episode 4.13 will be called "Curtain Call." [SpoilerTV]
Here are two sneak peeks at episode 1.08, "The Saint of Last Resorts." [via SpoilerTV]
Head to the link for a clip of Sergeant Wu demanding the truth. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das