Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be a whole different genre than its predecessor. Guardians of the Galaxy will proceed without Khal Drogo. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes adds another human. Plus Doctor Who, Walking Dead, and more!
Blast into a bold new world of spoilers!
Top image from Iron Man 3.
Director Bryan Singer won't reveal who Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will play in the film, but he did make it clear that he won't be doing it under a mountain of CGI:
"He's not going to be a CGI character. He'll be himself. Not that he'll be playing Peter Dinklage, he'll be playing this character. It's not a shy character. He's just such a phenomenal actor; I'm a huge fan of Peter's and Game of Thrones. He was my first choice and I was really happy [about the casting]. It's so funny to talk to him because he does that impeccable accent [on Game of Thrones] and then you talk to him and he's this guy from New Jersey."
From the same interview, Singer goes into new detail about the movie's approach to time travel and its 1970s setting:
The movie takes place at different times. It deals with, I don't want to say time travel, but time displacement. A form of time travel which is steeped more in the X-Men [mythos].
There was a real distinctive tone created in First Class, that was sort of in the vein of a film from that era, how are you going to integrate that into this one?
The majority of it...or that part of it, takes place in the early 70's, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven't seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there's some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven't had quite yet. So we're exploring that, which will be fun. And there's an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you've ever seen, emotionally, and it's about them moving through that. Hilarity ensues!
He also suggests he does plan to use the new movie to correct some of the faults of Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand. To wit:
You mean, what you're politely saying is, "fix s**t." Is that what you're saying? That's what I'm hearing. [Laughing]
There's going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair.
Are fans going to be pleased with these things you will be repairing?
I think so, I think so, yes.
There's still plenty more at the link. [IGN]
Here's a rather excellent new poster featuring Ben Kingsley as the villainous Mandarin. [IGN]
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige explains the staying power of the superhero genre by explaining it isn't really a genre at all, but rather a template onto which you can place other genres. Further, he explains the fundamental difference between the first and second Captain America films:
"If [the superhero movie] is a fad, it's one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did, because each one is so different. There's an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that's what is exciting about it."
Looks like we all spoke a bit too soon when it came to the casting of Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa as Drax the Destroyer. He has reportedly passed on Marvel's offer, and so James Gunn and company are reportedly back to screen-testing potential candidates for the part. [IGN]
Director James Mangold tweeted this photo from the set, featuring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in repose.
There's increasingly good reason to be optimistic about 20th Century Fox's fresh attempt at a Fantastic Four movie — not only is Chronicle director Josh Trank heading up the project, but now the movie will also feature input from the director of X-Men: First Class. Let's go to Fox's creative consultant Mark Millar:
It's not known exactly how involved Vaughn will be in the development process, but considering all his work on both First Class and Days of Future Past (which he was originally going to direct before handing over to Bryan Singer), there's a decent chance that he will be closely collaborating with Trank in the making of the film, and that really should only be good news.
Teenage actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has reportedly been cast in a starring role, alongside Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke and returning simian star Andy Serkis, in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel. The movie's director Matt Reeves previously cast Smit-McPhee alongside Chloe Moretz in his commercially disastrous but generally well-received remake Let Me In. There's still no word on who either Smit-McPhee or Clarke will play in the film, though it's assumed they are indeed going to be humans. [Deadline]
Star Vin Diesel has posted a new promo photo for his third Riddick movie to his Facebook page. [IGN]
Here's the latest poster.
Producer Barbara Broccoli discusses what to expect from the next James Bond film, and whether Skyfall director Sam Mendes is likely to return:
The key thing for us is Daniel Craig, who I think has brought a tremendous amount to the films. His reinterpretation of the character is very contemporary. I think he pushes the envelope, he manages to be very dangerous and yet have tremendous humanity. He's our secret weapon. Then of course the challenge is to create a story that is worthy of him. And a story that explores Bond's emotional life and takes him emotionally to places that he hasn't been to before. And then pits him up against a contemporary villain. We always look at what the world is afraid of then try to create a villain that is the physical interpretation of that fear. That's where we start. Then writers create a script. Then we get a director on. With each person they bring another layer of complexity and talent.
So do you think Sam Mendes has another Bond movie in him?
Oh my God yes. Are you kidding me?... He's got a lot of great movies left in him, and hopefully another Bond at least.
Fellow producer Michael G. Wilson says they hope to discuss the possibility with Mendes in the near future. Both producers also strongly suggest Naomie Harris's status as the new Miss Moneypenny won't mean she will spend all future movies stuck behind a desk. [IGN]
Here are some spoiler-y but unconfirmed reports for the final episodes of season seven, courtesy of DoctorWhoTV:
— 710. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS Written by Stephen Thompson. The Eye of Harmony does indeed feature and is a weird white/see-through stretched hexagonal shape with a bluey centre (shaped almost like a coffin). There are also ‘Gallifreyan eggs'.
— 712.The Last Cyberman Written by Neil Gaiman. Features ‘Cyberkiller guns,' a ‘Spacey Zoom Ride', and there are golden tickets.
— 713. Finale Written by Steven Moffat. River Song is back. Her gravestone is seen.
— Other bits: A Time War book/parchment features. The ring Clara wears looks to be important. There's a ‘laser saw'.
Costar Laurie Holden discusses whether Andrea's relationship with Michonne can be repaired in the wake of her character choosing the Governor over Michonne:
The thing is, she didn't. She chose a life. She chose community. The Governor was the charming leader in the community, but she wanted to be in a place that had walls, safety and some sort of normalcy because she has not even remotely experienced that since the world fell apart. Michonne and Andrea are just different people. Michonne wanted to continue to be on the road and Andrea wanted a sense of safety. They are two strong, independent women who wanted different things. No one abandoned the other person. I feel like that's really important to be clear. I think you'll see that in the episodes coming up. Andrea would never choose a guy over her best friend. She just wasn't ready to leave. If you remember, Michonne didn't get her any information. Michonne was very quiet and saying she didn't trust him, but that's her nature. She wouldn't be happy in a lot of different places. She's a misanthrope that way. As the season unfolds and Andrea realizes that Michonne thinks she chose this man over her, that breaks her heart because that wasn't the case.
And just to clarify, in the scene where Andrea comes in and Michonne is carving out the Governor's eye. Put yourself in Andrea's shoes. She doesn't know why they're fighting. She just sees Michonne acting crazy and carving out the eye of the man she cares for. No explanation, no nothing. It's just insane violence. When Andrea does pull a gun on her, it's more for her to stop. She wasn't ever going to hurt her. She just didn't have all the information.
Check out the link for some set photos from the filming of an upcoming episode. [On Location Vacations]
Here are some promo photos for the show's ludicrously delayed midseason premiere and thirteenth episode overall, "Face Off." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the synopsis for episode fourteen, "Natural Born Wesen", which airs March 15:
A WESEN COMMUNITY IS IN TURMOIL WHEN THE CODE OF HONOR IS BROKEN – The Wesen code of honor comes into question when Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) discover a series of bank robberies with Wesen using true natures as their disguises. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) finds herself tormented by faint, slowly returning memories that cause her to question her mental state.
Here's a promo for the second season's fifth episode, "Eye to Eye."
Showrunner Julie Plec explains why the new, inhuman Elena is different from Katherine:
Everything Katherine does is a sexual manipulation, is in her own best interest, for her own survival. She will plead and flirt and tease and lie and mindf-, excuse my language, anyone and everyone in order to fill her own best interest. Elena is more blunt and honest and, "It is what it is, and I am what I am and want what I want. And right now I would like to feed on that girl over there. And I resent you for trying to stop me." Elena is just more direct about getting exactly what it is that she wants. She doesn't need to rely on the tricks that Katherine has to pull out of her bag.
Will we also see a more reckless, fun side of her now that she doesn't have this human responsibility on her?
Yes, without a doubt. Elena has not had the easiest time of it, becoming a vampire. We didn't want her to just jump right into the wish fulfillment side of vampirism, although I'm sure there's plenty in the audience who would have enjoyed that. But that felt counter-intuitive to this character that we had defended so strongly as a human. Now, suddenly, we get to experience those things of what it's like to be a vampire, party all night, never grow old, never die.
Here's the description for this week's episode, entitled "Bring It On":
THE NEW NORMAL - Elena's (Nina Dobrev) new outlook has everyone concerned, leading Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to agree that going back to the normal routine of high school would be the best thing for her. Caroline (Candice Accola) is pleasantly surprised when Elena decides to rejoin the cheerleading squad, but her pleasure turns to shock when Elena's behavior proves dangerous. Not giving up on their search for the cure, Damon and Rebekah (Claire Holt) work together until his unwanted advice catches her off-guard. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tries to use Hayley (Guest star Phoebe Tonkin) to get the information he's after and makes an intriguing discovery in the process. Meanwhile, a bored Elena throws a wild party and gets into an ugly fight.
And here's the promo for the episode.
Episode twenty is reportedly called "The Originals." Considering this episode was already widely acknowledged as the backdoor pilot for the show's spin-off entitled, yes, The Originals, this really isn't much of a surprise. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the description for the show's last-ever episode:
The supernatural trinity has been broken.
There is little left of Hal's humanity. Having feasted on blood and recruited an army of vampires, he's ready to return to his hedonistic and debauched days. Tom is set on revenge and has returned to his default setting – vampire killer, with one vampire in mind. Alex is trapped in a hellish prison by Captain Hatch. Unbeknownst to them all, Captain Hatch is no longer wheelchair bound and weak: he's the regained his strength and is determined to cause as much chaos, death and destruction as possible. In the thrilling series finale Hal, Tom and Alex do battle with the Devil (Phil Davis) in order to save the world, but at what price to their own humanity? Starring Damien Molony (Hal), Michael Socha (Tom), Kate Bracken (Alex), Phil Davis (Captain Hatch), Steven Robertson (Mr Rook).
Here's a sneak peek of of the first four minutes of tonight's episode, entitled "One Is Silver And The Other Pagan."
Here's a promo for episode seven, "There's Bo Place Like Home."
The eighth episode of season three will reportedly introduce Laura, Derek's older sister, as well as their mother Talia, described as "a Deadly alpha werewolf [who] could be a possible series regular." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for this week's episode, "Any Means Possible."
Episode eighteen will reportedly be called "Moving On." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.