Emma Stone explains why Gwen Stacy loves Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. Edgar Wright is making progress on Ant-Man, and an iconic Batman location returns for The Dark Knight Rises. Plus official descriptions for Battleship and the Oz prequel!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Cowboys & Aliens.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Emma Stone explains who her character, Gwen Stacy, is, and what she sees in Peter Parker:
"My introduction to Gwen Stacy is what I think a lot of people know about Gwen Stacy. She's the daughter of the police chief, she grew up on the Upper East Side, she is valedictorian, she's very serious about science, she wants to go to school, she's very responsible, she's the oldest in her family and she really just has this attraction and this slight chemistry when we first meet her with Peter. They kind of couldn't be more different in upbringing; she's got this really stable family and her father is the authority figure of the city [as well as] the family, and she's always been daddy's little girl, and very responsible because of her father. Then Peter is an orphan who lives with his aunt and uncle and is a completely different type of guy than I'm sure her father would imagine her with. I think she sees something heroic in Peter long before he becomes Spider-Man, something different in him than the rest of the kids at school. Not to mention he is great at science, so that's a big turn-on too."
There's more at the link. [Comic Book Resources]
The Dark Knight Rises
After sitting out The Dark Knight, the Batcave is reportedly ready to make its new, improved appearance, as the filmmakers are reportedly building the new Batcatve on MGM's California lot. [Batman-News]
Edgar Wright gives a script update:
"Since February, we've done two drafts of the script, and we just handed in a third draft on Monday. The way we wrote the script is for it to be a standalone genre film. [I want to] create an 'in' for people so you don't have to know 50 years of 'Avengers' history to enjoy the movie."
Wright also indicated that he has a person in mind to play the lead, although it's still a matter of rumor and speculation whether that lead is Hank Pym, Scott Lang, or some combination of the two. [MTV]
Star Trek 2
Damon Lindelof gives a script update, suggesting that they may have actually pretty much started from scratch since J.J. Abrams got done with Super 8:
"There was a lot of work going on over the course of the last year between Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] and I. We generated, like, a ninety-page half-script half-treatment based on some meetings that we've had with J.J [Abrams]. Now that J.J. is finally finished with ‘Super 8' we've kind of, not thrown out that material, but we're reworking a lot of it."
He promised the second movie will be better than the original in much the same way The Dark Knight expanded on Batman Begins, but that's assuming they ever get finished with writing the thing, which seems about 50/50 odds at this point. [MTV Movies Blog]
Cowboys & Aliens
Daniel Craig says this movie is most definitely not being jokey, even if that was his initial reaction upon reading the title:
"[It] actually took me somewhere else when I read it. We've done an authentic western and tried to bring... well, there's a great bunch of actors in this movie, but some real characters together that deal with this incredible thing. When the shit hits the fan, hopefully you're caring about them."
Total Recall Reboot
Len Wiseman explains why he is tackling this remake (or new adaptation of the original Philip K. Dick story, whatever you want to call it):
"One of the reasons I chose to do this film is I think there really is a different look into that kind of character, and the personal struggle that that guy is going through. he concept is such a great struggle for this character, if you inherently feel like a good guy but everybody around you is telling you you're bad and they have proof of it, they say, 'You're actually a bad person,' but you inherently in your heart you feel like a good person, what does that ultimately do to you? Do you accept the proof or go with your own feeling? There's a lot there, a deeper character that I was fascinated by. I am such a fan of the Verhoeven film and love the Philip K. Dick story. I approach it from if there was a new take to come out, what I would like to see and what I wouldn't like to see. Whether it's something inspired by, or to pay homage to Verhoeven's film, it's based off because I am a fan, what I would like to see."
He also said he hopes to work in a few homages to the Schwarzenegger film, although it sounds like the three-breasted prostitute is out of the picture. [MTV Movies Blog]
Here are some more set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Splice director Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of the William Gibson novel is reportedly on track for an early 2012 release date with a budget of about $60 million. [IGN]
Here's a plot synopsis for the adaptation of the board game:
A story of an international Navy fleet engaged in a very dynamic and intense battle against an alien race is known as "The Regents". The aliens come to planet Earth, on a mission to build a power source in the ocean. Upon their visit, they come in contact with a navy fleet. The film is also purported to show both sides of the story, from the aliens' perspective, as well as the humans.
Well, of course it shows both sides. Otherwise how would you ever hope to capture the timeless drama of one side naming a map and grid reference, followed by their opponents declaring whether they in fact had hit an aircraft carrier, battleship, destroyer, submarine, or, most disappointingly, patrol boat? I mean, that's practically a modern-day Rashomon. Anyway, there's a poster at the link.[/Film]
Oz, the Great and Powerful
And here's a plot synopsis for Sam Raimi and James Franco's new film, which is not an adaptation of a board game at all but instead some sort of book or something. I don't know, it's all very 19th century:
Oz The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking — that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity — and even a bit of wizardry — Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Filming has begun in Pontiac, Michigan's Raleigh Studios. [IGN]
G.I. Joe 2
Joseph Mazzello, who has recently appeared in such things as The Pacific and The Social Network, has reportedly been cast as a Joe named Mouse. [Deadline]
Game of Thrones
Filming on season two began earlier this week. [Winter Is Coming]
The Walking Dead
The show will reportedly return on Sunday, October 16. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Robert Kirkman says there's one thing the show definitely shouldn't do to Rick Grimes:
"One thing I'm adamant about is I don't think that we should cut Rick's hand off [on television]. When I'm writing a comic book, I don't think about what I'm doing. I go, 'Oh, it'd be pretty cool if they cut his hand off right now. That'd be pretty shocking, right?'. Then I do it, and five issues later, I write 'Rick opens a can of beans' and then I look at the script and think 'He can't do that now'. I didn't even think that through."
Kirkman also explains the overall character arc for season two:
"We're going to see people reaching their breaking point this season. People are going to be coming into conflict, and the ordeal that they're all surviving through together is going to affect them all differently."
Steven Yeun explains the upcoming romance between Glenn and Lauren Cohan's new character Maggie Greene:
"Playing Glenn before, he lived to serve. He lived to have a role and to leave a mark on the world, even if he dies a martyr. I love the idea that someone who didn't really have anything to live for, has so much more to live for [now]."
Episode two will reportedly be called "Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit." [SpoilerTV]
Jared Padalecki explains the upcoming episode in which Sam is reunited with a woman (Firefly's Jewel Staite) from his past:
Sam has always been... Sam, even now, after Hell and Lucifer and soulless and Ruby, he's always... well, you kinda can't change somebody fundamentally. They can choose to behave differently, but Sam has always been the optimist. He's always been the, "wait a second, there's gotta be more to this story." He's always believed that, and whether it's Ruby who's gotten him in trouble, or Cas, and now Cas is showing some different colors, but Sam has always chosen to see the good.
On that note, there's somebody from his past that he runs into that, even as a child, when Sam was... I think he was 15 years old at the time. He chose to see the good in somebody and now it's coming back to bite him once again. It's like one of the tricks Supernatural keeps playing on myself and on Sam Winchester is that, every time he chooses to believe in the best quality of somebody it kind of comes back to bite him. And it's not gonna change him, because that's fundamentally who he is. But we get to see that first hand. Once again, basically.
Misha Collins offered some cryptic hints on how often Castiel will be in the next season:
"I would love to tell you [but] I'm not going to. I don't like to give away secrets… You might see me a lot next year. If you have a poster of me on your wall, you'll see me daily. But how much I'll be on Supernatural is a secret. And I actually don't know. That makes it easier to not tell you... He's trying to do what he thinks a God should be doing on Earth and in Heaven, which is fairly righteous and wrathful. Rectifying the world's problems. I think he's making, in many respects, the world a better place. But there's a fair amount of smiting going on too. You take the good with the bad."
Here's a spoiler-y tidbit:
Ready to find out what that alien harness is really for? You will in this week's episode, in which Blair Brown (Fringe) also guest-stars. She plays an eccentric survivalist whose luxurious lifestyle is highly suspicious to Tom, Hal and Captain Weaver. Even more suspicious is her connection to the long-missing Karen.
Here's a promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "Queen for a Day."
And here are some photos, a promo, and a sneak peek at next week's "Up in the Air." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode four:
When a deadly series of electrocutions occur around town, Audrey and Nathan investigate who could be behind them - just as the electrical events take the life of one of Haven's leaders.
Here's a description for episode 10, "Co-Captain":
Scott scrambles to protect the people he loves, including Allison, who's beginning to follow clues about her family history. Meanwhile, Stiles is getting closer to solving the mystery behind Derek's family.
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.