Plus find out how Spectre will use its large budget and new location. Roberto Orci shoots down a Star Trek rumor. Andy Mientus talks about his awesome Pied Piper costume for The Flash. The Scream series will remake a famous moment. And a ton of information on Once Upon a Times' villainous plans. Spoilers now!
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Roberto Orci has returned to the fansite TrekMovie.com, to set the record straight about the circumstances around him leaving the director's chair. Orci has said that he's still "very involved" and that "the right director" will be found. As for the rumor that a time travel storyline was the reason Paramount was upset, Orci said:
no time travel was ever considered, fyi
According to some reports, the film's budget currently sits on the "mid $300M" range, with the studio wanting to cut that back to a slightly more frugal $250 million. The list of things the studio apparently recommended be cut back reveals a bit about the script:
Villa in Rome? It's a nighttime scene, so try doing it in London instead.
There's fighting on a train! Again! But use fewer carriages — three instead of four.
Forget the dramatic finale in the rain. It'll lower the cost of visual/special effects.
Earn an extra $6 million by showing "the more modern aspects" of Mexico to maximize "the Mexican incentive." (The makers of Spectre are getting paid to film there.)
Batman v. Superman
Now that filming has been completed in New Mexico, there are a few more details about the filming there — the towns of Playas and Taos will appear in the film. [Venue]
Joe Wright's Peter Pan prequel film has had its release date moved to July 24th, 2015, which takes it out of direct competition with Ant-Man. [First Showing]
Kung Fu Panda 3
In similar news, Kung Fu Panda 3 has been pushed back from Dec. 23, 2015, to March 18, 2016. Fox says it didn't want the film to open only a week after The Force Awakens, so it's been moved to a more open slot. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Go to the link for more character posters. [IGN]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Here's the very last trailer. [via SpoilerTV]
Stephen Amell has been dropping some major hints that Oliver really may not be alive after the midseason finale. He's posted:
Facebook. Thank you so much for the enthusiasm spilling out of tonight's fall finale. I've never had anywhere near this amount of feedback. And by feedback, I mostly mean swear words. There were an awful lot of expletives.
Seriously though: Despite the title, our show is bigger than any one character. We're going to prove that to you.
Sit tight... January will be here in no time
Andy Mientus spoke to Variety about playing the Pied Piper:
"The universe of 'The Flash' has such an intense, passionate fanbase, which has existed since the '60s, and this is the first time he's been in a live-action, on-camera interpretation, so I hope I pulled it off."
One thing he enjoyed was donning his comicbook character's costume — which is black and comes with a hood and a cape.
"It's badass. I can't put it on and not feel powerful," said Mientus, who originally auditioned to play Barry Allen, aka the Flash. "It tells you everything you need to know on how to move and feel like a superhero. It does a lot of the work for you."
Agents of SHIELD
Earlier this season, Bobbi Morse referenced Melinda May's ex in an episode. And we're actually going to meet him, now that Blair Underwood has been cast to play May's estranged ex, Dr. Andrew Garner. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Bella Thorne will play Drew Barrymore's role in the upcoming MTV series. Answering a question on Facebook, she said:
yes it is true. i will re-enact the famous scene of drew barrymore in the original series.
So, it'll be a small role for her. [Entertainment Weekly]
Executive producer Jason Rothenberg had this to say about the rest of the season:
Keep watching. The season gets bigger and bigger and bigger. It's almost ridiculous. We are now breaking the finale. The finale is Episode 16. It's what we call "on the board." 15 just came off. I'm writing it, and it is so big that it's hard for me to fathom being able to pull it off. But I felt that way last season about Episode 13 and we did it, so I know we'll do it. It's just an epic show, and it really deserves an epic finale, and I feel like this season, we've been expanding it and expanding it, and I think we're going to surprise people again at the end of the season, with where we're going.
Go here for more photos from next week's "Spacewalker." [K Site TV]
Once Upon a Time
EPs Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis talked about the show's new villains:
KITSIS: We're kind of taking some liberty there. We're going to realize that our Cruella may have originated from the Enchanted Forest, and we may find out she has some magic of her own. She's part villain, part Zelda Fitzgerald. There's something glamorous and jazz age, but something very deadly about her as well.
HOROWITZ: She's a fun character for us. We hopefully found a way to spin it and make her different and part of the Once universe while also having plenty of nods of the iconography of Cruella that everybody loves.
KITSIS: The actress playing her, Victoria Smurfit, is just phenomenal. It's fun to watch.
HOROWITZ: Wait 'til you see her car.
KITSIS: It was more expensive than Sven.
We've only seen a CGI Ursula before, voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown. What can you tell us about this character, and whether it means we'll see Ariel again?
HOROWITZ: I sure hope so. When you're in the world of Ursula, you're also in the world of Ariel. In our story with Ariel in season 3, we saw that it occurred with a faux-Ursula in the form of the Evil Queen. But we introduced the Ursula mythology. What we're planning to do is explore this Ursula mythology in our show and explore a backstory of who she is and what Ursula is all about.
KITSIS: We've always said evil is not born, it's made. One of the things we're so excited about with these three villains is showing their origin stories. We've never see the origin stories with Maleficent, Ursula or Cruella, so we're excited about that.
They also previewed the rest of the season, answering a few burning questions:
With the return of Maleficent, does that signal the return of the Aurora (Sarah Bolger)/Mulan (Jamie Chung) storyline?
KITSIS: We are definitely going to dive into Maleficent story. We will see Aurora. Mulan we love. We love Jamie Chung. We absolutely have hopes to bring Mulan back. Her story is in the laboratory right now. But she's a great character and we'd love to see her back.
HOROWITZ: We want to continue her story. In the near term, there's more Aurora to be had.
Regina has made an enemy of both Ursula and Maleficent. Is it safe to say she's dealing with quite a bit in the second half?
KITSIS: Oh yes. I would say that the second half of the season, we're really going to test Regina in a way she's never been tested before.
HOROWITZ: She's going to have her hands full.
KITSIS: Dragons and tentacles and Dalmatians.
Is heroes vs. villains a fair descriptor for the second half of the season?
KITSIS: Absolutely. That is the title of episode 11.
HOROWITZ: It's "Heroes and Villains."
Lana Parilla echoed that sentiment and previewed a future episode:
They [Regina and Maleficent] were once friends so you'll see there's an episode coming up where you'll see their back story and how they met.
... Who is everyone going to root for — heroes or villains? That's what this episode [on Dec. 14] is all about. Regina is going to have to pick a side and I think that's going to play out throughout the season.
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Here's a clip from Sunday's episode. [via SpoilerTV]
Camille de Pazzis will join the cast as Annie, a "mysterious and kind old soul masquerading in a young body who has close ties to the Godfrey family." [Deadline]
Zara Zoe will be the lead in the show, which follows the famous author of s series of fantasy books who suddenly disappears and the family of four which finds themselves transported to the mystical world that inspired her work. [Deadline]
Here's a new promo for Syfy's series:
And a behind-the-scenes video:
The Walking Dead
Here's the cast and crew teasing the rest of the season:
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller