J.J. Abrams reveals why Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek villain is nothing like Nero. New cast member Dane DeHaan praises the Amazing Spider-Man 2 script. The Evil Dead reboot could get a sequel. Plus everything you need to know about Arrow's future!
It's nothing but spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Star Trek Into Darkness.
Director J.J. Abrams contrasts Benedict Cumberbatch's villain John Harrison with the previous film's bad guy, Eric Bana's genocidal Romulan Nero:
"[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic. All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation... He had backstory but was kind of irrational. The beauty of Benedict's [John Harrison] is that he's completely rational. He's someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn't sit down and talk to Nero - he'd bite your head off!"
Cumberbatch himself adds:
"I did a lot of close combat training. He's a kick-ass warrior, as masterful with his hands and body as he is with weapons... You will have a great discovery during this film."
Producer Bryan Burk discusses the use of IMAX and 3D in the film:
They're both challenging. IMAX is a wonderful format in the sense that it's such a crazy-clear image. So few films have shot with it. Chris Nolan did it for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. We did it for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and I believe one of the Transformers had parts in IMAX. There's a reason so few movies shoot like this, the cameras are big, old and bulky. They're loud... 3D is just an interesting format, you realize the limitations of shooting with 3D cameras, you realize the laborious process it takes to finish the film. Particularly if you don't want to just slap on 3D in post and really make it an experience. It takes a tremendous amount of manpower and great artists.
It sounds like you're being quite ambitious and aggressive with the use of 3D?
"Well, Avatar was a different thing because that was a whole world being created. What we wanted is if we're going to do 3D, we want the stuff to leap off the screen and push further. We want people to leave and say, 'Well, I got my money's worth.' This film is a rollercoaster so we're really trying to push the limits."
He also suggests there will be plenty of references to the original series for longtime fans:
"Yes, one of the things is that the movie will always be for Star Trek fans. In the process of all us five producers working together, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, to a slightly lesser extent, are crazy-hardcore Trekkies. They understand the world so we had long conversations where they put things in and would be laughing hysterically. I had no clue why they were! There are tonnes of references and nods."
Bryan Burk also offers a brief update on J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot's other huge movie project:
"We're very new to the process. We've only been on the movie a few weeks. The script we're still working on with the writers and Kathleen Kennedy, who's a genius. It's hard for me to comment on anything. We're still figuring things out."
In previewing Guy Pearce's role as Aldrich Killian and Rebecca Hall's role as Maya Hansen, writer-director Shane Black hints at how each might challenge Tony Stark's relationship with Pepper Potts:
"We approached [Pearce] to play one of our villains, and he's incredibly menacing as this guy who is insanely jealous of Tony Stark. He wants to possess everything Tony has, including his girl... Rebecca is a talented, funny and beautiful actress. We needed someone who could be believable in the role of a scientist, who's a little in spite of herself, and has a lot of charm. She was perfect. Maya Hansen is an old friend of Tony Stark from the past that resurfaces. This is not strictly a rival for Pepper Potts, but she has a real bond with Tony that goes way back."
Chronicle star Dane DeHaan, who plays Harry Osborn in Marc Webb's next Spider-Man movie, offers some praise for the sequel's screenplay:
"It's awesome. It really is. It's human and it's deep and it's also epic and still a huge superhero movie. But it all makes sense and it all comes from very human elements and I think people are really going to love it."
Star Martin Freeman says he still has to film new scenes, either for this next entry or for the (presumably) final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Considering the final film just had its release date pushed back, it's perhaps more likely the extensive reshoots are for that film, but Freeman doesn't specify — though he does reveal he doesn't even have the script yet for these new scenes:
"I am going back at the end of May for all of June and July. I suppose the thing is, this is not finished. We literally have to go and finish it. It's not a new adventure like on a television show. It's the same story. It's the same gig I started in January 2011. I think it'll be really fun because the crew is quite close and the cast are close and we like working on it. I'm anticipating it... You just pace yourself, you do learn to take your time and converge energy. I don't think it feels like new demands, but then again, I haven't seen a shooting script yet, so they might have me walking through fire!"
Reboot director Fede Alvarez says he has plans for a sequel, though he's not yet signed on to make the film:
I think it's going to depend on where we take it. Right now, we just got to write it. For me, it's if we manage to agree, but we're just starting to build a story and figure out what kind of movie it's going to be, and it depends on what it is. It depends on the story we find, because personally, I think it has to shock everybody. It has to go to a different place just like Army of Darkness did with Evil Dead 2. It has to do that switch that every Evil Dead movie did with the previous one....
The new one — the next one — is going to be a completely new, fresh, 100% original, you bet. Because this one has so many ties to the first one that at the end of the day, being what it is, it's like a sound of the original movie. But this next one, it's not a remake of Evil Dead 2. It's something completely new and different. I'm so excited to see where that's going to go.
There's more at the link, including some vague hints about Sam Raimi's oft-discussed plans for an original-continuity Evil Dead 4. [Collider]
Here are three more brief character profiles for Adrianne Palicki's Lady Jaye, D.J. Cotrona's Flint, and Channing Tatum's returning character Duke, who is thought to have just a cameo in the sequel.
Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie — which I'm increasingly disappointed hasn't been renamed Trans4mers, because apparently some things are just too perfect for this Earth — will be darker and grittier than what came before. At least, that's the implication from new star Mark Wahlberg's response when asked if the film will indeed be darker and grittier:
"Yeah...I don't want to get fired before I get started, but you're on the right track!"
For those who were wondering about the all-important question, "How does Josh Duhamel fit into this?" — a question that future scholars will one day ask about all the key events of the 21st century — Josh Duhamel himself has the answer:
"[Michael] said he wants to put me in it someplace. I don't know if he was just saying that because he had me on the phone and he felt obligated or what, but you know what? I got to do three of those. It changed my career, it changed my life getting to be a part of something that big, so I'm grateful for even doing the first three of them."
Here's a trio of tie-in viral videos for Pixar's upcoming Monsters, Inc. prequel. [Coming Soon]
Skyfall co-writer John Logan discusses what he would like to build on if he works on the next film's script:
Fleming's courage in showing Bond's fear and vulnerability and depression was really interesting and something that a modern audience can accept. I think Skyfall demonstrated that they want more layers to that character. And those are the layers that Fleming wrote.
Episode twenty-one will reportedly be called "Zero Day." [SpoilerTV]
Here's an interview with Captain Hook actor Colin O'Donoghue. [BuddyTV]
There's a great interview over at Collider with the entire cast and creative team. It's well worth reading the whole thing, but let's run through some quick highlights, starting with executive producer Marc Guggenheim's preview of the rest of the season:
It gets big and bigger. Episode 17 basically marks the third and final chapter of our saga, so from 17 to 23, we're just on rails, going great guns to the season finale. Each episode will build on the episode prior to it, and it will get bigger and bigger, not just in terms of scope, but also emotionally. There will be a lot of big emotional things that happen, in the wake of Tommy discovering that Oliver is The Arrow. We're going to start, in Episode 18, paying off all the mythology that we've been laying in since Episode 2. Big revelations will start coming at the audience, pretty fast and furiously, and that's going to be the rocket fuel that just propels us to the end.
Fellow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg offers some more specific details about what's ahead on the island and in Starling City:
Both stories have a big bad and an arc for the season. What's always exciting about the island is that we know, from the pilot, that Oliver survives the island. What's interesting is that you don't know what's happened to anyone else. You don't know what happens to Slade Wilson. You don't know what happens to Shadow. You don't know what happens to Yao Fei. You don't know what happens to Fyers. So, watching how that's all going to play out is really exciting. And then, in the present-day story, obviously there's the plot with The Undertaking and what that's going to entail, the ramifications of Tommy finding out Oliver's secret, and how Roy Harper plays into things. We've thrown a lot of plates up in the air, but we have an idea about how to catch them all. We're really excited because it feels like everything we've been doing has been this slow burn, building up to this big climax.
And here's third executive producer Greg Berlanti and Guggenheim on how the first season finale will provide the foundation for the second season:
Berlanti: Absolutely! There will be a lot of questions. I'm not a fan of things being pure cliffhanger-y, personally. I think you want the sense of satisfaction and of, "Wow, I watched a storyline that really had a beginning, middle and end." But within that, we're setting up a lot of stuff for next year.
Guggenheim: What we are doing is striving to have a finale that both gives you a sense of closure that you've finished a chapter, but at the same time, leaves you with enough little cliffhangers and nuggets that it makes you lean in and go, "God, I can't wait to see Season 2!" And we've already started talking about Season 2 in the writers room. We have very clear ideas about what Oliver's emotional arc for the season is going to be, and how the finale is going to affect him, both as Oliver Queen and as The Arrow. That's really the big thing for us. The finale will be the end of a chapter, but you'll look at Season 2 and go, "Oh, that all started because of the events of the finale." The finale kicks everything off.
There's still plenty at the link, including thoughts from stars Stephen Amell and David Ramsey. [Collider]
Here's a promo clip for the next episode, "Bring It On." [EW]
Returning actress Frances Conroy says she will have an expanded role in the third season:
"It's going to start up again in July or August in New Orleans, I'll be part that and will have a fairly substantial part in it. I'll be in 10 of the episodes of what I think will be a 13-part season. That will be interesting to see what's written, the writers are so good and I can't wait to see where it goes. "I know there's been a little bit of teasing [about a witchcraft storyline], they're trying to keep it all hush hush so there are surprises. I'm interested in seeing what world we'll inhabit."
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta.