Jon Favreau still wants to make Disney's Magic Kingdom movie. A viral marketing campaign takes us deep inside X-Men: Days of Future Past's Trask Industries. And Tilda Swinton talks vampire love in Only Lovers Left Alive. Plus, Extant casts Halle Berry's father! Spoilers now!
Top image: X-Men: Days of Future Past
In an interview with T magazine, Tilda Swinton talked about the contributions the vampires in this film have made to culture:
Hurt's Marlowe wrote Shakespeare; Adam wrote that Schubert adagio; the film has all this funny revisionist history where one feels grateful for the vampires.
Yes, they're pulling the strings. I mean, someone's gotta be. Why not them? They might be in the wainscotting, but they're putting it out there. You may not be able to see them, they may not have a reflection, but they do exist. They are the inevitable perspective. That's what one can be if you've lived for 3,000 years and know that survival is the most important gesture and changing is the inevitable course of action and that resisting change or resisting nature, or not throwing oneself into kindness is just a hiding into nothing. Because that's the only thing this kind of perspective would bring you up against.
Which is what Hiddleston's Adam needs to get over.
He's not old enough to know that. You know, he's lived for that long, as she says, without having got it. She's seen it all, she's survived it, and she's seen that things roll on and she's not sweating the small, the medium, the big — she's just not sweating any of it. She's got her eyes on the stars, and yeah — it's pretty irresistible, that point of view, when you think about it.
She also discussed the way the film uses the vampires of Adam and Eve to explore the problems with love:
There's a really, really interesting moment in Eve's diaries. You know, he's such a hardass, he's so tricky and so grumpy and curmudgeonly and really not very nice to her, and at the end of the book she says, why do I love him? And she says, "Well, he's male, and he's mine." It's a combative thing, sort of. Swallow that. Women are from Venus, men are from Mars, and so what. Let's just get over it and be interested in our difference, vive la différence, et cetera. I think that's quite a fresh angle. Adam and Eve aren't mysteries to each other but they are fascinating to each other in that they contribute to each other. I'm not gonna say they complete each other. It's a fresh angle on love, on the way in which to sustain one's partnership over a long period of time, to actually nourish one's difference and to support it and enjoy it rather than lop bits off oneself and try and assimilate and become "one." They're not obfuscated by this coupleness.
Speaking with Collider, Jon Favreau said that he still wants to make this "Night at the Museum at Disneyland" film:
I really want to do Magic Kingdom. Part of what's complicated about it is you're mixing all of the different lands and characters together but between The Avengers and The Lego Movie, there seems to be a way to do it that doesn't confuse the audience. Hopefully I'll get to make that movie with Disney soon. Right now Jungle Book is the thing and hopefully through that partnership it'll lead to getting the other film done because I think Magic Kingdom is a great idea for a film.
He also talked about the issues in writing a film about the park's characters coming to life after the park closes:
The issue is how do you treat characters in one film that are differentiated [in other films]. So if you're doing a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, how do you differentiate from the pirates in your movie, is that confusing to an audience and does that ruin other franchises that are existing? So I think when the time is right I think I have a strong take that would make that very clear. But again Jungle Book is a priority for them and something they're very excited about and something I really connected with. Hopefully, through that relationship, Magic Kingdom will become the next thing down the line.
In advance of the film, the fictional Trask Industries is getting a website and a commercial. Nothing says safety like a Sentinel watching a family at the beach. [h/t to Ryan Miranda]
Following an early press screening, it seems like all the early buzz on Twitter is positive. Silas Lesnick describes the film as "a perfect movie," MovieWeb's Brian Gallagher advises people to "believe the hype, and prepare for so much more," and PJ Campbell says it's "Marvel's best movie to date." The only criticism comes from Slashfilm's Germain Lussier, who says it's awesome, but a "tad too long, a tad too plotty — but its action & MCU impact will blow your damn mind."
See more Twitter reactions rounded up at the link. [Slashfilm]
And here's a new clip. [Coming Soon]
CBS' summer TV show about an astronaut named Molly (Halle Berry) returning from a year in space and trying to reconnect with her family has added Louis Gosset Jr. to play Molly's father. Gosset's character is named Quinn and is described as "affable but undependable" and is "a retired doctor living out his days in an isolated island community, out of touch with the world and estranged from his daughter." [TV Guide]
Bob Morley described his character, Bellamy Blake:
Bellamy is kind of a bit of an enigma throughout the pilot because he's the unknown kind of quantity. There's the hundred delinquents that are sent down. There's the authorities up in the Ark and Bellamy kind of falls somewhere in between, and you don't really know why he's there or how he got there. All you know is that he's made his way down there and then just starts to step in and implement himself as a leader amongst the hundred on the ground. And there's a lot of mystery surrounding him. So Bellamy's kind of this shape‑shifter who moves amongst groups and then establishes himself. And you don't know whether for good or bad. And I'm still unsure whether it's for good or bad.
He also described what the connection between the delinquents sent to Earth and the Ark up in space will look like:
In the pilot it's outlined that they've kind of lost communication with the Ark. The way that they've written it, which I think is really great, is that there are scenes kind of between the people on the ground and the people in the Ark that kind of mirror each other. They may be dealing with the same issues of survival and the same kind of overarching theme, and it's just how each place ‑‑ the hundred on the ground, who are just kind of wild and free, and the people in the Ark, who are quite regimented ‑‑ how they deal with that kind of stuff. So in terms of thematically, there is definitely a link all the way through. And then, you know, who knows? Who knows if they'll ever reconnect?
Fox has released an in-depth synopsis for the show:
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
"Gotham" is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome"), "Gotham" follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, "Southland," "The O.C.") romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, "Breaking In"), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, "Sons of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Vikings," "Copper"), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, "Touch"), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, "HawthoRNe," Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, "The Walking Dead," Another Earth).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, "Burn Notice"), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, "Camelot," "Elementary"). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.'
They also released a logo, which is below. [Slashfilm]
Austin Basis recently revealed that he's known since almost the beginning that his character, J.T. Forbes, was responsible for Vincent becoming a Beast, saying:
Sherri Cooper, who is the person that I spoke to in between the pilot and the second episode last season, before we came up to Toronto to film the series, she said 'we don't know how this is going to happen ultimately, but we're thinking that J.T. is somehow responsible for Vincent becoming a Beast.' As an actor, that is amazing. To me, that sets it up so perfectly, as an actor, to play every scene with that guilt that drives you to do that. Go a little further than you would as a normal, loyal friend, and as you see J.T. over the course of the 30 episodes beforehand, it was like that. You'd say 'wow, he's a really loyal friend,' and then all of the sudden, they would be like 'would you do that for your friend?' I don't know if I would do this. You have to create the circumstances in which you would, and guilt along with love are very strong driving forces to what people do in life. So, if you love someone, there are things you would do that don't logically fit into what you would do in your life. They set up a perfect arc for me, and the question really, was just, only when it was going to come out. And if it never came out, I would always still have something driving me or helping me make choices of how far to go, as an actor, to play J.T. doing things for Vincent, whether it's stealing blood, or breaking into the Morgue, or risking his life with Muirfield. So, the fact that it finally came out was good.
He also said that he thinks that J.T. and Tess are headed for a relationship, but he's not sure when it will happen:
I think if J.T. had his druthers, it would definitely be on, and frankly, Nina and I have fun doing our scenes, because they're filled with jokes and great little moments, and I think that ultimately, there's a definite relationship. Whether it's for the long haul, or whether it'll be consummated this season… I think they're headed that way. J.T. is all in, and we'll just have to see if Tess reciprocates the feelings.
Here's a promo video of Penny Dreadful at SXSW. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a description of episode 3.13, "Witch Hunt":
EMMA DISCOVERS THAT THE STORYBROOKE RESIDENTS HAVE NO MEMORY ABOUT HOW THEY RETURNED TO THE TOWN, THEIR PAST YEAR BACK IN FAIRY TALE LAND, OR WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEW CURSE, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
Rebecca Mader Guest Stars as the Wicked Witch of the West
"Witch Hunt" – Emma arrives in Storybrooke with Henry and reunites with her friends and family, only to discover that no one remembers how they were transported back – or the past year they had spent back in Fairy Tale Land. But Emma is sure that someone in town is responsible for this new curse and teams up with Regina in an attempt to uncover their identity. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Regina, with the aid of Robin Hood, attempts to break into her castle, which has been overtaken by the Wicked Witch, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, David Anders as Dr. Whale, Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch of the West, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Clark/Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy, Mig Macario as Bashful, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Raphael Alejandro as Roland, Michael P. Northey as Friar Tuck, Jason Burkart as Little John and Nesta Chapman as nurse.
"Witch Hunt" was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Guy Ferland.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm