The list of possible Jessica Drews includes someone already playing a comic book character on TV. Once Upon a Time adds an Alias alum as a villain, and there's a picture of her in costume. Keanu Reeves may be starring in another thriller. And when will get answers on Agents of SHIELD? Spoilers now!
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The Hunger Game: The Mockingjay Part 1
Director Francis Lawrence talked about splitting the final book into two movies and why it works for The Hunger Games:
I think there's still some other material in there. It's not all action in the next one. I mean, the one we're in now is the more political of the two movies, right? So you have a story about a girl who's sort of really truly realizing for the first time how important she is to the people in the districts, and that she finally has to take on some responsibility and a role in this revolution. We're starting to explore the propaganda side of things and the battle over the airwaves here. The next one is war, so yes, there's a lot of action. The stakes get ratcheted up again. I'd say the scope even gets bigger than in this one. But the next one's really about Katniss going to war.
More at the link. [Coming Soon]
Add this to the bevy of rumors about the trailer: The latest word is that it'll be in front of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The first AD for The Force Awakens, Tommy Gormley was quoted as saying in a recently-deleted tweet that fans "might wanna go see The Hobbit." [Star Wars 7 News]
Knights of the Round Table
Guy Ritchie's King Arthur tale may be casting Djimon Hounsou as Arthur (Charlie Hunnam)'s mentor, described as "Merlin-esque." [Variety]
Keanu Reeve's reportedly in talks to star in Tarsem Singh's The Panopticon, which follows a man who gets a message from his future self warning that the world is about to end. [The Wrap]
Disney has hired Peter Segal to direct the film adaptation of Ari Berk's Goblins! A Survival Guide And Fiasco In Four Parts. The book was illustrated by Brian Froud, who was the concept designer on The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. [Deadline]
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Here's a clip from the film, featuring Moses and Ramses. [via Coming Soon]
Next in Mashable's series of close-ups on the characters of Pixar's Inside Out is Anger, played by Lewis Black, which is perfection on every level. (He even answers the question "Why do you think you were cast to play this character?" with "Do I really need to answer that question?") Said Black of his character:
He's angry. He knows the group is well-meaning and they try hard, but they don't get how things should work as well as he does. So he has to stay on top of everything, and the only way he knows how to get their attention, keep it and make sure they get things done right, is by getting angry. He is comfortable with his anger. It makes him happy. But when pushed too far, the top of his head bursts into flames.
See the video and poster for Anger below. [Mashable]
In casting news, Deadline has a list of actresses who are auditioning for the title role. The list includes Marin Ireland, Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer and Jessica De Gouw. Of course, De Gouw already has a comic book role as the Huntress on Arrow, which she's great in. [Deadline]
Speaking of Arrow, Amy Gumenick, who premiered as Cupid last night, talked about her return, which was definitely hinted at in the episode:
We are discussing and plotting for future adventures, so there will hopefully be more. How many, I don't have a number…. But there is definitely unfinished business that Cupid will return to take care of.
Here's a behind-the-scenes shot of Roy and Laurel as Arsenal and Black Canary, courtesy of Emily Bett Rickards. [via SpoilerTV]
Agents of SHIELD
December 2nd's episode will confirm once and for all that the blue alien whose blood saved Coulson is a Kree, which, as executive producer Jeffrey Bell points out, means nothing to the characters of the show:
Our people don't know anything about the Kree or that there's a planet full of them. What they do know is that the strange carvings created by Coulson after he was injected with the Kree serum are actually the map of a city, and they need to find that city before Hydra does. But where is it? Here or on another planet?
Chloe Bennet also hyped up the reveal of Skye's origin, which sounds like it's coming soon:
You'll find out that Skye and Raina have something in common — and it's not that they're brunettes. Some of our überfans think the two of them are aliens. Or maybe they're something else — something different and special. It's all leading to a reveal that's mother-effing crazy.
In fact, according to executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen, "You will learn [Skye's] real name sooner than you think." Jed Whedon added that the arc of Skye's parents will be explored "in depth" by the end of this season. As for the new partnership of Ward and Skye's father, Tancharoen said:
We have a few uneasy alliances between characters on the show this year. The Doctor and Ward is another relationship we're introducing. Both of these men are complicated, it's hard to tell where their true intentions lie. They've each displayed some rather unpredictable and unsavory behavior. Seeing them "work together" will be interesting to say the least.
Zap2It has a round-up of everything we know about the upcoming HBO series. An older The Hollywood Reporter article explains that Anthony Hopkins will play the inventor of the theme park, and the androids can be be rebooted with completely different personalities. So a single actor will likely play many different roles over the course of the show. Zap2It points out that, despite the star-power the project's attracted, it seems like the show will follow a linear plot over many seasons rather than doing an anthology model like True Detective or American Horror Story. [Zap2It]
Once Upon a Time
Merrin Dungey will play Ursula this season, taking over the role that was voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown in a previous season. She'll team up with Victoria Smurfit's Cruella de Vil and Kristin Bauer van Straten's returning Maleficent. [Entertainment Weekly]
And we also have a set photo of the two new villains with Robert Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin. [via SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Executive producer Julie Plec explained why the big Damon and Elena "rain kiss" was earned:
For every naysayer that's like, 'Fan service, blah, blah, blah' … There's fan service when you're telling stories as though the fans think it's a choose-your-own-adventure, and that's not what we do. Then there's the fan service when you have a group of people who, for five years, have been begging for one little thing and you find the perfect way to give it to them. That's called honoring your fans, and I believe that so strongly.
Here's a sneak peek at 6.08, "Fade Into You." [via SpoilerTV]
Bill Baldwin will guest star in the January 6th episode. His plot is described thusly:
[Baldwin plays] Oliver Clausten, a work-hard, play-hard Wall Street CEO who's accustomed to getting things his way and lives his life with a master-of-the-universe charm and top-predator charisma. When his protégé Jason Fox winds up dead, the show will peel back the layers of Jason's humble beginnings and introduction to Oliver, his company, and the dangerously cutthroat world that ultimately lead to his demise.
Here's the press release for season 2:
WGN America has released the first photo from the season two teaser trailer shoot for "Salem," the network's breakout hit original series, set to return in April. The below photo captures Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, "Human Target," "Made In Jersey") — Salem's most powerful enchantress with a deep secret and deeper desires.
In "Salem" season two, the Grand Rite triggered at the end of last season is now underway and death is in the air, but the Witch War is just beginning — and Salem is at the epicenter of both. In order to bring her plan to completion, Mary Sibley must not only control Captain John Alden (Shane West, "A Walk to Remember") and the citizens of Salem, but also those lurking in the shadows who seek the power she wields.
"Salem" boldly re-imagines the Infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts town. The storyline follows Captain John Alden returning from war to his hometown of Salem, where he finds it in the grip of a witch panic and discovers that his lost love, Mary Sibley, is now married to his old nemesis George Sibley. Throughout the fiery first season filled with wicked deceit and shocking revelations, the two must navigate a world where horror, hysteria and the Supernatural reign. At the end of season one, John commits to risking his life for his one true love, even after learning Mary is a witch and at the center of the hysteria plaguing Salem.
Season two of "Salem" will debut in April 2015.
Below is the photo. [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story
Episode 11 will be called "Magical Thinking." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller