Star Wars has announced the return of another actor. Ryan Gosling's rumored to be in all the genre films. Could Batman v. Superman be building Wonder Woman's home in New Mexico? See a first look at Alexander Siddig in Game of Thrones. Plus, more details on Interstellar and Terminator: Genisys. Spoilers now!
Top image: Star Wars Rebels
At event celebrating the opening of ILM's London studion, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Episode VII is only weeks from finishing:
We are standing here within three weeks of finishing 'Episode VII.' This continues a long tradition of filming 'Star Wars' in London, going back to 1976. It is remarkable this all came together in less than two years. 'Star Wars' is filmmaking that inspires technical excellence.
In the same article, ILM's president Lynwen Brennan seemed to say that either the "one film a year plan" we'd heard for Star Wars is no longer happening, or ILM doesn't have a commitment to do all of them:
A galaxy far, far away was central to the celebration. Brennan explained the commitment for six "Star Wars" films to come over a 10-year period had provided a rare security and made her dream of expanding into London possible
Brennan also talked to IGN about melding the practical effects on the set to their visual effects:
It's very much JJ [Abrams]'s style, we've worked with JJ quite a few times now. One of the things that makes his films have so much heart is they are grounded in reality. There's something the actors can touch and feel. He's so passionate about that, and it comes through in his films.
And what it does for us in visual effects is it also gives us something to build upon. It gives us something to ground our visual effects with. Not only in the shots that have practical sets that we're expanding on, or putting a creature into, it also gives us a really strong aesthetic that we know to follow in shots that are all-CG.
Some of this movie takes place in space, that won't be a shock to anybody, I don't think I'm giving anything away there (laughs) and that's hard to shoot without it being CG. But [the practical effects] gives us that sense of reality that we aim for.
Warwick Davis has confirmed that he'll be in Episode VII. See the video below:
John Boyega posted a photo of an R2 unit on Instagram. [via Slashfilm]
Doctor Strange/Suicide Squad/The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
Oh dear god, will they just pick someone already?! Now Ryan Gosling has met with Marvel regarding the role of Doctor Strange.
He's also reportedly being pursued for The Secret Life of Houdini and the just-announced Suicide Squad. Also being courted for David Ayers' Suicide Squad are Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
DC/Warner Bros. Films
Looks like Zack Snyder will be around for a while: reports have him directing Justice Leagues 1 and 2 back-to-back. That makes some sense, since Batman v. Superman is really just a Justice League prequel. Earlier rumors put Braniac as the villain of Justice League, and now Badass Digest reports that at the end of it, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash will meet Green Lantern, who leads them into a battle against the real enemy, Darkseid. While I believe that Snyder's signed on for more films, take the details with a grain of salt. [Badass Digest]
We now have the full press release for Warner Bros. and DC's epic film plan. In addition to what we've already heard, it also references new standalone Batman and Superman films
And, in a massive expansion of the Studio's DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies—as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films—from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
- "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- "Suicide Squad," directed by David Ayer (2016)
- "Wonder Woman," starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- "Justice League Part One," directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- "The Flash," starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- "Shazam" (2019)
- "Justice League Part Two," directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- "Cyborg," starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- "Green Lantern" (2020)
Slashfilm's done the work of slotting the new information into the dates WB announced before, which may help us figure out where the standalone films will go:
Untitled DC Film (Likely Suicide Squad) – August 5, 2016
Untitled DC Film (Wonder Woman or Justice League) – June 23, 2017
Untitled DC Film (Wonder Woman or Justice League) – November 17, 2017
Untitled DC Film (The Flash or Aquaman)– March 23, 2018
Untitled Animated Film – Memorial Day 2018
Untitled DC Film (The Flash or Aquaman)– July 27, 2018
Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018
Untitled DC Film (Likely Shazam)– April 5, 2019
Untitled Animated Film – Memorial Day 2019
Untitled DC Film (Likely Justice League 2)– June 14, 2019
Untitled DC Film (Likely Cyborg) – April 3, 2020
Untitled DC Film (Likely Green Lantern)– June 19, 2020
Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020
What's odd is that the "WB Event films" are more likely to be the next spate of Harry Potter films, so where do the standalone movies fit in? [Slashfilm]
An Entertainment Weekly story on the film has more details on the film than we've seen in a long time. Here's the plot as they describe it:
Interstellar opens Nov. 5 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, and John Lithgow, to name a few. (Seriously: There are more.) The plot tracks a quartet of astronauts and scientists—and the most unusual robot to grace the screen in years (meet the fall's breakout star: a mini-monolith of metamorphic Jenga blocks named TARS)—who journey across the universe to search for a new home for mankind: In the near future of the film, Earth is dying, ravaged by blight and environmental ruin.
>And yet, Interstellar deliberately veers away from dystopia chic with its depiction of optimistic, adventurous heroism reminiscent of director Philip Kaufmann's adaptation of The Right Stuff, which not only influenced the tone of Nolan's movie but the techniques he used to make it.
Despite all that information, the final act remains top secret. All Nolan will say is that this is a film that demands to be seen in a theater:
"This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience," Nolan tells EW. "You would think that's the case with Batman movies but it's not; they're more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen. Interstellar is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of 2001, where you're not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it." (You might want to watch Interstellar on an IMAX screen, especially since Nolan incorporated more than an hour of footage shot using IMAX cameras.)
Jai Courtney explained whether this was a reboot or a sequel, saying:
It's more of a 'reset.' That's the awesome thing about when you play with time travel. We can kind of get away with, you know, maybe we're introduced to a world that audiences know but circumstances can change and that shifts the course of everything.
The Last of Us/Untitled Project
Speaking with Flix and the City, Maisie Williams confirmed that she's at been approached about playing Ellie in the adaptation of the game:
I had a lunch a little while ago, and we spoke about the possibility of me playing Ellie. And that's really exciting, and I would absolutely love to. It kind of all came about on Twitter a long time ago. The power of Twitter still never ceases to amaze me. I went to a lunch and we spoke a little bit about it, and then they announced at Comic-Con that we had spoken about it, and since then in like every interview people have been asking me about it. Honestly I would love to, and I think they would love me to play Ellie also, and that's where it is at the moment. There's no script, no director, it's still very early days for the whole project. But if it all goes ahead soon enough I think, yeah, I would love to.
The "soon enough" part is going to be a deal breaker: if the movie doesn't get off the ground soon, Williams could both age out of the role and get too booked to take it, regardless of her age.
Williams also teased an unnamed project that sounds like it could see her doing more fighting:
There's not much I can talk about, but there's actually been a very exciting project and a very exciting group of people who have approached me about a new series. I can't say the title, I'm not saying anything about it, but it's in that sort of superhero vein, in the same vein as Kick-Ass where the superhero is not super and just has great intentions. That would not be happening yet, it would be happening in a few years, but something that we've been in talks about for a little while and I'm really, really, really excited about it… It was going to originally be written as a graphic novel, it's not based on anything. It was kind of inspired just from walking around Comic-Con and seeing so many woman dressed as all these sexualized female superheroes and just thinking, if I was a superhero, I would just want to wear a hoodie and jeans, and taking that and making it into a superhero that isn't wearing spandex and isn't a sexy Catwoman or that sort of thing.
The video interview is below. [via The Mary Sue]
Shawn Levy ( Real Steel) is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct their film based on the game. [Deadline]
So maybe we're all going to have to see this film. Because Pedro Pascal ( Game of Thrones) is in talks to play Pontius Pilate. [Deadline]
Jem and the Holograms
Get ready: the release date for Jem and the Holograms is October 23, 2015. [Deadline]
Game of Thrones
From Canal+ comes this photo of Alexander Siddig on set and in costume as Doran Martell:
Steven Moffat's willing to tease only so much about season 8's two-part finale, saying:
I really wanted to do a Cyberman story, because they were always my favourites when I was a kid, and I was quite surprised that one way or another I'd never used them in any of my own scripts, except as supporting characters.
... I wanted to do a proper scary one.
[ Den of Geek]
Blogtor Who has their usual early review of this week's "Flatline," and it's pretty positive:
The Doctor and Clara find themselves split up once more due to the interference, and possible invasion, of an alien race who exist in a different dimension. These 2D entities are hurting those they come into contact with, "flattening" them in the process. With the Time Lord stuck in the TARDIS, it's up to Clara to become The Doctor...
... The creepy factor in the adventure is high throughout and gathers pace as the beings begin to learn more about the human race and accommodate their form accordingly; going from classic horror in the home (with a neat nod to Terror of the Autons) to horror on your streets motifs. Indeed, the viewers also learn a lot about ourselves as a society when opinions are spouted on the "lesser" characters in the piece by others. Even in the face of certain doom, humanity still finds a way to act atrociously unpleasant
Read the rest at the link. [ Blogtor Who]
And here's a sneak peek at "Flatline":
Here's the synopsis of the November 1 episode, "Dark Water":
In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up.
Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.
"Death is not an end" promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.
[ Blogtor Who]
American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy talked all about the last episode and the upcoming plots, explaining that there's a "family secret" that may contribute to Gloria being so indulgent of Dandy, that they haven't decided if they want to tackle Jimmy and Dell's familiar relationship, and previewed the two-part Halloween episode:
Well we're starting our great Halloween episode part one is next week and part two is the week after. Part two we show you the complete origin story of Twisty: where he started from, how he became who he is, why is he doing what he's doing. All of that is explained. He has an entire 15 minute act by himself where we take you back 40 years in the life of that character.
He went on to talk about the Edward Mordrake myth being the basis for the episode and previewed the introduction of Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare:
They're con artists. At the time in American culture, there was a whole fascination with freak ephemera and medical oddities and one could get a huge amount of money for that. That's all I'll say about their story. They're both introduced and Emma is amazing and Denis is always great. Denis really loves his part because he plays a guy with a 13-inch penis and that's all I'm going to say about that. So Denis has never been happier!
Below is a preview of the next episode, "Edward Mordrake Pt. 1":
Here's a video on Dandy:
Once Upon a Time
This Sunday's episode will show Hook and Emma on their first real date, which Jennifer Morrison promises won't be a let down:
"We actually have a great date," Jennifer Morrison shared with reporters during a Tuesday set visit in Vancouver. "There are a lot of fun elements to it, because we're seeing both of them so vulnerable with each other. Emma's genuinely excited about getting to know this person, hopefully outside of crisis."
Hook also makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to get a hand to replace his hook, and Colin O'Donoghue made clear that this is a HUGE mistake:
"[Hook's] reason for doing it is so he can hold Emma with both hands, if he needs to, on the date…. The only problem is that they come across Will Scarlet, who knocks a drink over Emma, so Hook grabs him — and startles himself a bit [in doing so]."
Because although Killian is merely "standing up for his girl," as O'Donoghue puts it, the spike in temper at least suggests that something nefarious is possibly… at hand. "He is really trying to suppress being a 200-year-old pirate [who] hasn't really had to live by the rules," but in making the trade with Gold, "He feels that [his hand] has been cursed."
[ TV Line]
While it still doesn't have a full season order, ABC has ordered three more scripts for Forever. That sounds like they're optimistic, but not ready to make a final decision on the show. [Deadline]
Season three of Orphan Black has begun production and will continue filming until March 2015, premiering in Spring 2015. [Coming Soon]
Here's a trailer focusing on Thea:
Here's the synopsis for episode 2.05, which has Nina Dobrev guest-starring:
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' NINA DOBREV APPEARS IN FLASHBACKS AS TATIA, THE ORIGINAL DOPPELGANGER — In order to show Elijah (Daniel Gillies) that her plan is what's best for him, Esther forces him to relive a time long ago when he loved a young woman named Tatia (guest star Nina Dobrev). With the help of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is determined to find Elijah, who has gone missing, but is torn when she discovers that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is also in trouble. Elsewhere, Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself in a dangerous situation when Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) takes her hostage as a way to lure Klaus to him, and Davina (Danielle Campbell) makes an upsetting discovery about Kaleb's (guest star Daniel Sharman) true identity. Lastly, a violent confrontation ensues when Klaus comes face-to-face with Mikael. Michael Robison directed the episode written by Declan de Barra & Diane Ademu-John (#205).
[ K Site TV]
Here's a clip and preview from "Every Mother's Son":
And here's the first shot of werewolf Aiden (Colin Woodell) with Josh (Steven Krueger). As Michael Narducci explained, "They have a lot in common and they both have the kind of values that make you think that they would be a good match ... It's Romeo and Juliet, it's West Side Story." [TV Fanatic]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's the synopsis for November 6's "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get":
A RESCUE IN THE NIGHT — When Alaric (Matt Davis) realizes that Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) can't be compelled, he asks Elena (Nina Dobrev) to do some digging into her background. After learning that Enzo (Michael Malarkey) has been captured by Tripp, Caroline (Candice Accola) teams up with Matt and Stefan (Paul Wesley) to rescue him before Tripp learns their true identities. Armed with some new information about her past, Sarah (guest star Gabrielle Walsh) breaks into Tripp's (guest star Colin Ferguson) office and is surprised when she finds Matt (Zach Roerig) there, doing some investigating of his own. Meanwhile, Elena is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions, and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) hits rock bottom, lashing out in a destructive way. Lastly, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is determined to take matters into his own hands when he receives some upsetting news. Garreth Stover directed the episode written by Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux (#606). Original airdate 11/6/2014.
[ K Site TV]
Here's the description of episode 2.05, "Repercussions":
NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS — When Clarke (Eliza Taylor) discovers a horrifying project being carried out in Mount Weather's medical ward, she joins forces with an unlikely ally. After Abby (Paige Turco) confesses to committing a crime, Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) issues an order to have her brutally punished. Meanwhile, Monty (Chris Larkin) warns a distracted Jasper (Devon Bostick) that Clarke could be in trouble, and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) continues to fight for Lincoln (Ricky Whittle). Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Lindsey Morgan and Isaiah Washington also star. Dean White directed the episode written by Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre (#203). Original airdate 11/5/2014.
[ K Site TV]
Here's a trailer teasing the show's return:
Person of Interest
Here's the poster for NBC's live musical. [ Coming Soon]
Here are a bunch of sneak peeks at episode 5, "Viper," [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller