What secrets do Interstellar posters reveal? The Maze Runner sequel already has a release date. Star Wars really could be revisiting a planet from the Original Trilogy. Another Mark Millar comic's heading to the big screen. Plus the movie sequel you never expected to hear about. Spoilers now!
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Star Trek/Power Rangers
Roberto Orci's bowed out on his duties as a Power Rangers executive producer, as it conflicts with his Star Trek commitment. Losing Orci hasn't affected Lionsgate and Haim Saban's July 22, 2016 release date. [Deadline]
Speaking of Star Trek's schedule, Simon Pegg has said:
[We will start shooting Star Trek] next year…That is what I have been told. Please don't take this as Paramount's official line, but if we do make it next year and it goes by the usual standard of post-production, we should get it out for the 50th anniversary.
He also described his panic when he heard J.J. Abrams wasn't directing and the assurances he has for those who are fans of his style:
I was worried [about Abrams moving from Star Trek to Star Wars] at first. I was in a movie theater and I got an Email that he was doing it and I immediately called him and said, 'You're not doing Star Wars now? You're going to abandon us like the older slightly less-cool sibling?' and he was like, 'Of course not.' That was just sort of the knee-jerk reaction, because we all felt like, 'Oh, no! Daddy!' but J.J.'s incapable of doing that. He will be very present even if he's not directing 'Star Trek,' his voice and his stamp will be all over it.
Evangeline Lilly posted a now-unavailable photo to Instagram of herself with T.I. Harris and David Dastmalchian. Her caption was:
*#!$ing around #onset today with #TheCrims.@troubleman31 @dastmalchian #Antman #Marvel #MarvelComics
"#TheCrims" may hint that Harris and Dastmalchian are playing bad guys in the film. Here's the photo. [ Comic Book.com]
Roger Moore told the BBC that he visited the set, and described a little of what he saw:
Anyway, the day before last, I know we stopped by the office, and I went up to see – on a very closed, secret set – my friend J. J. Abrams, who is directing Star Wars
They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow.
This is in line with earlier rumors that the film shot helicopter footage of snow and mountains. While there's every chance it's for a new planet, we're also back to guessing that the icy Hoth could make an appearance in Episode VII. [Comic Book.com]
We've now got four different posters with four different taglines. While JoBlo theorizes that the posters are from each act of the movie in order (and that the ice planet may be Earth), there's every chance that it's a misdirect. It's always hard to tell with Christopher Nolan's projects. The trailers at least seem to indicate that Matthew McConaughey's character takes a ship through a wormhole, so if JoBlo's theory is true, he actually makes it back to Earth. [ JoBlo, Screen Rant]
Cast member Antonia Thomas says the rumored movie is likely on indefinite hold:
There was all sorts of talk about it. We read scripts and I think it's now not happening.
I haven't heard anything. I think it's just difficult to get everybody together. Everybody is doing such different things. Maybe they think everybody has moved on, I don't know. You never say never but I have not heard anything of it of late.
It was a really cool script, kind of getting the old gang back together, it could have been a lot of fun.
[ Digital Spy]
Universal Monster Movie
We've heard for some time that Universal is looking to reboot their famous monster films, and now Deadline's saying that Fargo writer Noah Hawley is writing an untitled script for one of these characters. [Deadline via Slashfilm]
Astrid Berges-Frisbey will play Guinevere in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur. [First Showing]
Gary Whitta (currently working on one of the standalone Star Wars movies) has been picked by Fox to script the film adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight. The story follows Duke McQueen, who came back to Earth after saving the universe. While no one believed his story at the time, he's recruited once again decades later. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Scorch Trials
The Maze Runner's sequel has already got a release date: September 18th 2015. We even have the first piece of concept art for it. [Slashfilm]
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2
Probably nobody thought a sequel to this cult movie was still in the works. But writer-director Tommy Wirkola seems mildly optimistic, and says that the sequel's just waiting on Jeremy Renner's availability:
I've written the script for it. I've given it to Paramount and it's up to them now. But I don't know what's going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don't know how they're going to juggle all of that, but it's up to
. We'll see. Hopefully, I'll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. We ended up taking a lot out and altering stuff that first time. I'm smarter now. I tried taking what I learned and still delivered a sequel script that's an R-rated action film.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
If Clara is leaving the TARDIS soon, it looks like it won't be until at least Christmas, with the BBC confirming that Jenna Coleman will be in the Christmas special. [ Radio Times]
Doctor Who Magazine has information on the next three episodes. Here's what we have on 8.06, "The Caretaker":
Coal Hill School has a new caretaker. He hides a strange blue box in his cupboard and carries a sonic screwdriver instead of a broom. Clara is suitably mortified, but the Doctor has got bigger things to worry about - especially when Danny Pink starts to work out just what has been going on...
Clara: This school is in danger.
The Doctor: Lucky I'm here then.
Clara: From you... You wouldn't be here if there wasn't an alien threat nearby. Your strategy for dealing with it involves endangering this school.
The Doctor: You don't know that.
Clara: I don't know anything - because you haven't told me anything. Which means I wouldn't approve. Which means you're endangering this school.
Writer Gareth Roberts says, "The school has become an unfortunate battleground because of its past history and because of the things that are currently happening there. It's become a place where bad things are going to happen... The Doctor likes Courtney [pupil at school, seen in Deep Breath and Into The Dalek], he recognises a kindred spirit, in that she doesn't have any social niceties either.
8.07 has the Moon threatening life on Earth, with the Doctor having to decide whether to let humans destroy the Moon. Here's what else the magazine has on "Kill the Moon":
"Having rumbled the school caretaker's secret in the previous episode [see above], Courtney begs the Doctor for a trip in the TARDIS - and, against Clara's better judgement, he obliges. He offers Courtney the chance to be the first woman on the Moon, and so they fly off into the far future. But, when they arrive, they cross paths with a group of human astronauts (captained by guest star Hermoine Norris) who are on a deadly mission. They are going to use dozens of nuclear bombs to blow the moon into a billion tiny pieces."
The magazine also states that Clara will face a life-changing dilemma, adding, "Perhaps more than any episode so far this series, we'll see just how alien this new Doctor is." Writer Peter Harness adds, "By the end of this episode - and I know we say this kind of thing a lot, but believe us - things will never be the same again. I still don't know how people will take it. I've never see the Doctor do something like this before." DWM comments, "By the end of the episode - once you've started breathing again after a final scene that Steven Moffat calls his favourite this year - you may wonder where the Doctor goes from here."
And finally, episode 8.08, "Mummy on the Orient Express":
The famous Orient Express, thundering along its journey across space, came to a sudden stop. The hyperspace ribbons under its wheels faded and it began to float, engines dead. Everything was deathly quiet. "And the facade drops away," murmured the Doctor, delighted. Upon which, he found himself very much wanted. For on the Orient Express murder had been committed. And the murderer was still on board!
The Doctor investigates. He raises his mighty eyebrows and thinks - with his little grey cells...
The Doctor: "I have been alive a very long time, and I have yet to meet a ghost or a god that didn't turn out to be... I don't know, sentient gas? Or technology masquerading as magic? This is no demon. Or ghost. Or curse. And I will show you it."
Writer Jamie Mathieson says, "The issue I had in constructing the plot was, how do I hide the Mummy? I thought, 'As soon as the Mummy starts killing people, how stupid are the passengers - and the Doctor - if they can't spot the killer? I had all sorts of ideas until eventually I came up with the final solution... which I think is a bit spoilery to reveal here!
The thing about the title Mummy On the Orient Express is, you think it's going to be a silly romp, and it's so not. From the first death onwards, you're like, 'Oh, this is quite dark.' The way the Mummy kills people is particularly spooky. It doesn't strangle people, doesn't beat them up or stab them..."
[ Blogtor Who]
Here's a promo for episode 8.06, "The Caretaker." [via SpoilerTV]
Agents of SHIELD
Lucy Lawless described her character, Agent Hartley, and her relationship with Coulson and fellow new characters Lance Hunter and Idaho:
Yeah. I think she likes [Coulson] a lot. She doesn't like many people. She likes him. And she likes her team, but there's friction with [Coulson's] guys because they're so slick and we're so rag-tag, but she's like, "Deal with it."
... Lance Hunter is like her favorite nephew. He's played by Nick Blood, who's just incredible, a terrific actor. Hunter is in it just for the money, so he's a bit confused by Isabelle's adherence to Coulson's wishes, but she and Coulson go back a long way. I think they've really been in the trenches together and whatever side he's on, she's on. Idaho is a valued member of her team, someone she has mentored. He's got skills. Mad skills.
While she said she can't say if her character will share her comics counterpart's relationship with Agent Hand. But she did give some more details about the appearance of the Absorbing Man in the premiere:
Yeah, you get to see the incredible Absorbing Man (played by Teen Wolf's Brian Patrick Wade). Don't you remember that character from the comic books as a child? What an epic concept. And that's part of the awesomeness of HYDRA, that he's just one of their 500 gifteds.
[ TV Line]
Here's Brett Dalton explaining whether Ward's still evil or on the road to redemption in season 2:
I think he's a wildcard. At this point his allegiances are kind of put into question because he wasn't really loyal to Hydra. He was loyal to Agent Garrett. He was loyal to what became a father figure, and he was more about his teammates rather than the team. Then we see that same thing when he was undercover with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the plane and going on these missions with Fitz and sleeping with May and all of those other things. Clearly, there are attachments. As undercover as you are, those things clearly challenge your training, I think. Even if you're undercover or a spy, I think sleeping with somebody's really got to put a question mark on things. And also, his decision where he was ordered to kill FitzSimmons, but much like his situation with the dog, he couldn't off them. He couldn't see it. He couldn't pull the trigger when the dog was right there or when Fitz and Simmons were right there. So what he ends up doing is perhaps giving them a chance? All that we know is that he certainly, as much as he'd like to deny it, has a heart and has feelings. So there we go.
While BJ Britt has no idea whether anything more's going to develop between Trip and Simmons, he does say that Trip's still trying to prove himself as of season 2:
I would to continue to see him just be pro-S.H.I.E.L.D. because like I said, you never know, you show up for a table reading, next thing I know, I'm Hydra! You never know! I love the fact that he's working with the team. Even now I still feel like Trip has something to prove. That's going to cross over to the second season where Trip wants to show Coulson that he can trust him. It's hard to get Director Coulson's trust. And Trip, knowing that, I think every episode he needs to prove, "Hey, I can do this. You need the airbus fixed? I can do that." Trip's a man of different trades, not only can he get the girl, he can fix the airbus and he can fly it! All of the above! Tripp can kick your butt too. I mean, you name it, it's on Trip's resume. I just want Trip to continue to build on his resume and continue to fight for S.H.I.E.L.D. We're the good guys. Like I said in one of the previous episodes, "We won once. We'll do it again." Good guys won before, we'll do it again. I like that idea, I like it a lot.
Elizabeth Henstridge says that there's a lot of repairing to be done with the FitzSimmons relationship:
If they're working through their friendship, then that leaves gaps for other people to potentially get close to each of them. I'm excited about all those different elements. When everything's great in a relationship everything's great. But when everything's not, there's obviously so many elements that can come up and disrupt further. I think we'll see a fair few of those.
FitzSimmons always identified as a duo. They finished each other's sentences, they finished each other's thoughts, they completed each others worlds, and now that that dynamic has shifted. It doesn't necessarily mean it's broken but there's repair work that needs to be done. Then all of the sudden they have to figure out who they are as individuals, which they've never had to do before.
More at the link. [ Zap 2 It]
Along with the reveals that Fitz is in a coma during the premiere and Ward is still in custody, we also have a new poster. [ People]
Here are promos featuring FitzSimmons and Skye:
Game of Thrones
The show is filming some scenes set across the Narrow Sea in Croatia, and for the first time we have close-up set photos showing some major characters in action.
Here's Arya in Braavos, sporting a brand new look:
And then, in the same square (and possibly at the same time, hard to say), there's also a visit by Meryn Trant and Mace Tyrell, presumably come to beg for coin from the Iron Bank:
But that's not all! There's another character filming in the same location — but not necessarily the same actual place as where Arya and the other Westerosi are. It's Tyrion, somewhat in disguise. Did Varys bring him to Braavos for some reason? Or is this set now standing in for a different location entirely?
Lyndie Greenwood says that she had a lot of trouble believing that Jenny was alive, even though everyone kept telling her it was true. But now she's a series regular and excited to learn more about Jenny:
It is a really good feeling yeah, it's exciting. It felt sort of like I was series regular last season, because I was luckily there so often and got to know the cast and crew so well, and really got to explore Jenny and grow with her so it's really great to have it be officially the case that I am a series regular.
I think Jenny has a lot to bring to the table and I'm really excited to see more of how she gained all of this knowledge. How she prepared herself for all of these years that we haven't seen, so I'm really really excited about it.
[ Sci Fi Now]
In addition to revealing that getting Abbie out of Purgatory will be difficult, that Abbie and Ichabod's bond will be tested, and that Abbie will be going to some "dark places" in revealing her past, we're obviously going to finally learn a lot more about Katrina this season:
In keeping with its history of finding the human within the monstrous, Sleepy Hollow dives more into Abraham and Katrina's jilted love story this year. Now that she's been captured, Katrina is able to see Headless for the person he once was, head and all.
"It almost appears that she's got Stockholm Syndrome," Noble remarks. "It almost appears that she's fallen for him, which works like a dream in the show. And I sort of get involved in that, as well. And she's prepared to sacrifice herself when necessary."
... Katrina being stuck in Purgatory for the entire first season meant that it was a little hard for viewers to understand the love between her and Crane — especially with all the great scenes we got between Crane and Abbie!
"I was missing that for Season 1, moments between Crane and Katrina which explained why they were so happy and so in love," Winters says. "And even though there are those issues, there are still going to be moments where they can finally breathe and be together and you can see the chemistry between them."
However, now that they're both on Earth, the pair has a lot of baggage to work out. "They never had the big conversation yet, which is, just start from the beginning that she's a witch. And all of the lies that she had to tell when they were actually together," Wiseman says.
Katrina will have to work to get her powers back, since they're going to be affected by Henry. We'll also see Ichabod and Katrina make a monster of their own to fight the Horseman, and they'll use the Horseman's head to do it. [ TV Guide]
From a preview of the premiere of season 2, we have a few details:
- We will never guess where Jeremy starts the episode. It kind of reminds me of Walter in Fringe.
- A special artifact from Benjamin Franklin will be the center of the episode. Because this artifact can do something very special, and quite useful for the forces of evil and the forces of good, expect both sides to do anything to get it. Exciting !
- The Horsemen of Death is back in Sleepy Hollow, cutting heads as usual.
- Crane will make a surprise revelation about his past. His flashbacks will be fantastic. I really enjoy how the Sleepy Hollow writers are continuing to write their own history with the American History of the Founding Fathers.
- War will deliver Moloch's final plan to Abbie and Ichabod. It's quite terrifying but as least, we will know what is the big fight of the season.
- Ichabod and Abbie improved their fighting skills during the summer, and they even got new weapons. Ichabod's weapon is the best : a crossbow !
- Jeremy, the Sin Eater will eat someone's sins. It's not Ichabod's, it's a woman' sins.
- Ichabod will have no choice but to get back to Purgatory, in order to try to stop Moloch's plan.
At the link, you can see a clip of Sleepy Hollow's Ben Franklin. [Entertainment Weekly]
Once Upon a Time
Sally Pressman tweeted that she was on the Once set:
Now, we have no actual word on who she is playing. But, the description of extensions and gowns has led to speculation that the actress may be playing the mother of Anna and Elsa. [ TV Line]
American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson's playing conjoined twins this season, so she described the differences in the personalities:
It's not as simple as nice and evil. It's more complicated in true Ryan Murphy style. One has more darkness in her but not darkness of evil—darkness of depression, of knowing what's out in the world. The other one is more of an innocent. It's innocent and more cynical. Even though they share a body, they have different brains and different hearts. They experience everything differently from each one another.
We've heard that Paulson's characters, Bette and Dot, are discovered early in the season. Their arrival, says Paulson, changes the dynamic in the group:
The troupe is in need of a real jolt of energy and a new attraction to make people in the town come and see it. The show is not in its heyday. It's definitely on the downward spiral. I think because they all want to be employed and all of them recognize a kindred. When they see the twins, they're hopeful and excited that we're going to bring about a certain kind of change that's going to be good for the group.
Do you deal with Twisty the Clown?
I think he's watching us. But as of right now there's no story there with that character.
Have you had to do crazy stuff yet, like snakes covering you or more goat's blood dropped on you?
Yes. In the first episode. I mean I've got two heads, Tim. It's almost like there's no event that needs to happen for it to be the craziest thing I've done. But there is something that happens in the very first episode that's crazy, that sets the scene for the rest of the season for them. It happens in episode one.
Showrunner Karl Schaefer revealed the drive behind the series:
Their overall mission to get to California evolves each week as they come upon some new pocket of humanity or some challenge," Schaefer assured. "The second episode is all about getting gasoline, and pretty much the whole episode is about getting gasoline, while at the same time Citizen Z has a problem of his own up at the North Pole that he has to deal with with zombie sled dogs. So, there's all kinds of different adventures along the way, and each week they sort of have a sub-mission, something that they have to get done in order to get to the next point on the compass for them.
[ TV Equals]
Star Wars Rebels
Here are two new promotional videos:
Below, watch a season three promo. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a new poster. [via SpoilerTV]
The Walking Dead
Here's another promo. [ Coming Soon]
Here's the synopsis for episode 1.03, "Fountain of Youth":
WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE TO STAY YOUNG? HENRY AND JO DISCOVER VICTIMS OF AN EXPENSIVE SCAM THAT ENDS IN DEATH, ON ABC'S "FOREVER"
"Fountain of Youth" – Henry is interested in aging and how to die, but New York's wealthy elderly are chasing a way to turn back the clock. A clinic is dispensing a pricey product – Aterna – which is supposed to provide the much sought after fountain of youth. But instead, Henry and Jo are confronted with multiple deaths from the costly potion, which instead of revolutionizing the aging process, is turning people's brains into swiss cheese. Meanwhile Henry remembers back to dear friend who was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1906 and discovers a link to this current case. Unbeknownst to Henry, Abe, who would love to be young and youthful again, is tempted to try Aterna. And Henry learns however long you live, you must live every day and hour like it's your last, on "Forever," TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
"Forever" stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Judd Hirsch as Abe, Alana De La Garza as Detective Jo Martinez, Lorraine Toussaint as Lt. Joanne Reece, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson and Joel David Moore as Lucas.
Guest starring are Eric Morris as Dr. James Carter, Steve Cirbus as Anton Vann, Christina Bennett Lind as Sasha Savchenko, DonnaMarie Recco as Laura Graff and Mather Zickel as Dr. Frederick Gardner.
"Fountain of Youth" is written by Janet Lin and directed by David Warren.
Here's a sneak peek at episode 5.03, "Spotlight." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das