Doctor Who starts filming its new season, and we have the first photos. The executive producers of Alcatraz tell you everything you ever wanted to know about what's ahead. Plus Olivia Thirlby gives the lowdown on her Dredd character!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston, who has been responsible for roughly 120% of all Avengers-related quotes — not that I'm complaining — checked in once again to discuss the relationships that Loki has with Captain America and the Hulk:
"I had huge fun with Chris Evans, as Captain America, because super-soldier though he may be, he's still a man, up against a God who in his own mind is infinitely superior. Then, in the ring with The Hulk, we've got this silver tongued, lightening quick mind up against the embodiment of rage... Loki has this mercurial, transformative ability, not just physically but intellectually, so not all the fights are purely physical. Mind games? Maybe..."
Here's a scan of a new photo spread of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Chris Evans as Captain America, and Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow from Empire Magazine. [Comic Book Movie]
Writer Simon Kinberg says there still isn't a specific title set — X-Men: First Class 2 sounds a bit unlikely, and even Second Class sounds just a touch underwhelming — for the First Class sequel, which he is currently writing. [MTV Splash Page]
Here's a pair of new promo banners. [First Showing]
Costar Olivia Thirlby, who plays Judge Anderson alongside Star Trek star Karl Urban's Judge Dredd, promises some major ass-kicking from her character:
"I do, I kick major butt in Dredd. I get to kill people. I break a guy's neck by roundhouse kicking him in the face. It was me, I did it. I learned how to roundhouse kick. I also do it with my hands cuffed behind my back so it's pretty cool I have to say. Yeah, leather body suit, blonde hair, the whole thing. No [helmet], actually. The helmet, you know what, I'm not going to say anything."
She also offers this overview of her character:
"Her name is Judge Anderson. She actually got her own little spinoff because she has psychic abilities. That was kind of my prep for the character although she was written by several different people, so depending on what comic you read, her persona is very different. Sometimes she's very sassy, she's got a lot of one-liners, she's very cool. Sometimes she's a lot more tortured. She's had some dark things happen to her so sometimes she can be a very tortured person."
Finally, Thirlby says she would welcome the opportunity to play Judge Anderson again in a potential sequel. [Crave Online]
Although Summit Entertainment recently made it clear they will film any additional Twilight books Stephanie Meyer should care to write, they may have one small problem — 25-year-old star Robert Pattinson points out, not unreasonably, that he may not be able to play the teenage-looking Edward for much longer, if at all:
"I'd be curious what Stephenie would write, but I just think I'd probably be too old. I'm already too old. But yeah, it'd be kind of interesting."
Big Love actor Douglas Smith is reportedly in final negotiations to join returning cast members Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario in Thor Freudenthal's ferociously unanticipated Percy Jackson sequel, which reportedly involves the title character and his friends going in search of the Golden Fleece. [Variety]
[gallery 5886746] Filming on the seventh series has official begun, and here's the first round of set photos to prove it. While Matt Smith was not on set as the Doctor, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill were there as Amy and Rory, pretty much confirming those characters will be involved right from the beginning of the series. Filming took place at a private house in Church Road, Penarth, Wales, which according to the house's owner was being used as Amy and Rory's house, complete with Pond-Williams wedding photos on the wall. This presumably is just being used for interiors of the house, while the distinctive all-blue house seen in "The God Complex" and "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe" would still most likely be used for exteriors. If memory serves, this is the first time we will properly see the inside of Amy and Rory's house since the very opening of "The Impossible Astronaut."
The other big bit of news is the first 100% confirmed piece of casting for the new series. Mark Williams, best known for playing Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films, was on set for the filming. It is rumored but unconfirmed that he is playing Rory's father. That character theoretically first appeared at Amy and Rory's wedding in "The Big Bang", but he was only played by a background performer and no character was specifically identified as Rory's father. As such, that does rather leave the door open for Williams to play... well, to play Mr. Williams, even if the fans are going to need to mentally copy and paste him into the wedding scene. [Doctor Who News Page]
There's a few other Who-related tidbits. First, returning writer Toby Whithouse, whose previous efforts include "The God Complex" and "The Vampires of Venice", says his episode is currently planned to be third in the episode order, and that it in some way forms part of Amy and Rory's departure. That would either suggest the pair leave the show relatively early — and considering Steven Moffat has said there will be no multi-part stories this series, we could be talking as early as episode four for their exit — or that multiple episodes play into their departure arc. Also, fellow returning writer Chris Chibnall, whose previous efforts include "42" and "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood", revealed his episode will feature one of the largest sets ever constructed for the show. [SFX]
Here's a new behind-the-scenes video, entitled "Welcome to the Set."
Here are four new posters focusing on various characters, including Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister. [Den of Geek]
HBO has posted the time and running length of the second season premiere, which airs Sunday, April 1 at 9:00 PM. The episode is titled "The North Remembers" and is 53 minutes long. [Winter is Coming]
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for this Sunday's next episode, "18 Miles Out."
And here are two promo photos for the episode. [SpoilerTV]
Executive producer Dan Pyne confirms that the importance of Tommy Madsen is the key mystery of the first (and honestly, judging by the ratings, probably only) season, and it will be resolved in the final episode. Fellow executive producer Jennifer Johnson adds:
A lot of things are going to come together having to do with the inmate's blood, Tommy Madsen and what's behind the Warden's door.
Is there a particular reason why Alcatraz prison became the focus point of the disappearance?
Yeah. There are theories that our characters have. We'll talk about what those theories are by the end of the season, but they may not be the real ones. We'll understand what Hauser thinks about it and what his think-tank thinks about it, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg. We may meet a character by the end of the season who does know that specific answer, who probably has a lot more answers than any of the characters we've met so far.
The pair also discuss how Parminder Nagra's Dr. Lucy Banerjee fits into all this:
Pyne: She definitely is a puzzle piece, yes. We may not stick with this forever, but right now, everything that's happened in the past has happened chronologically in 1960. So, there's still three years left before the jump. Clearly, allegiances change. Stuff happens in those three years between the time when Lucy comes to prison to start her experiments and 1963 when she obviously disappeared along with everybody else. Certainly, she has some answers to what might have gone on, but she also may not even understand. She didn't understand at the time what was going on. It may be just now looking back at it that she can start to unravel what she saw.
Johnson: Yeah, helping the team unravel by knowing the psychology of the inmates. But the Warden (Jonny Coyne) is very Machiavellian. He does not want the left hand to know what the right hand is doing. So, he may utilize different players for their different challenges. But part of his M.O. is not to let any one person know too much of what is going on.
And finally, they discuss what's ahead for star Sarah Jones as Rebecca Madsen:
Pyne: She begins to get a little bit more focused on solving the mystery of what happened to her partner and delving into that day and why he was there. It slowly leads her to some revelations about her partner about the larger mystery of Alcatraz and also about Tommy Madsen.
Johnson: And what everybody is doing here present day. They discover that there are different factions of '63s here in present day San Francisco and beyond.
There's some more at the link. [TV Guide]
Elsewhere, Pyne and Johnson provide a useful overview of where the show is headed the rest of the way:
Pyne: We're trying to arc out the first 13, so that by the end of them, people will have answers to many questions rather than just continuing to wind out the same questions, over and over. By the end of 13, we hope that people will see what's behind the secret door, they'll understand what is being put into the blood and maybe the reason why, and a little bit more of the architecture of what's happening present-day with these guys who are coming back. Clearly in the past, they were in prison and that was their life. But, now that they're coming back, there's a sense that there's a master plan afoot, and we're going to try to answer some of that question.
Johnson: Rebecca (Sarah Jones) will finally face off with Tommy Madsen (David Hoflin), her grandfather who killed her partner.
They also explain how they view the structure of this first (and, for the sake of argument, we'll assume not the only) season:
Johnson: This season would be a chapter in a novel. On a macro level, we think, "Who will the main players of the next chapter be? What will the shift be? What will the new paradigm be? How much will we know, coming in? What will be the new mystery that we want to tell?" A lot of the mysteries we've set up now will be answered, and then we'll get on to the next level of that mystery.
Pyne: This season is really about Tommy Madsen, and about Rebecca pursuing this distant, weird connection that she has with this guy who killed her partner, and solving the riddle of why he was there and what happened. That will close out, and then a new mystery will emerge. Next season will be about something else.
Building on that, they explain how they would change the show's focus in a hypothetical second season:
Pyne: We wouldn't change the cast, but there would perhaps be a different question. It doesn't mean that Tommy Madsen won't still be out there, it just means that there will be an emotional conclusion to that story. Next season could be exploring Warden James (Jonny Coyne) and what he did at the prison, and whether he jumped and is here now, or any number of other things. It could loop back to Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce).
Johnson: Once we open the door, at the end of this season, that mystery will be answered, but it will give us a jumping-off point for a whole new level of mysteries. We think of, "How can the whole season stand on its own?," and it is.
Again, there's plenty more at the link. [Collider]
Here's a promo for this Sunday's episode, "Dreamy."
Here's a promo for next Sunday's fourth episode, "A Spectre Calls."
Brian Markinson, whose previous credits include Caprica, Sanctuary, and The Killing, has reportedly been cast as the main villain in the CW's Green Arrow pilot. His character is Adam Hunt, described as "a corrupt businessman who is ripping off some people - behavior that has gotten the attention of Dinah Laurel Lance and her CNRI firm." [Green Arrow TV]
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.