Don Cheadle reveals the latest source of friction between Tony Stark and James Rhodes in Iron Man 3. Thor: The Dark World is going underground. A Total Recall clip showcases the movie's best Schwarzenegger impression. Plus another Robocop casting update!
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Top image from Doctor Who.
Don Cheadle discusses how the new red, white, and blue armor that James Rhodes wears as War Machine is symptomatic of the growing rift between his character and Robert Downey, Jr.'s Tony Stark:
"We've got a private sector and a public sector, or rather a military version of Iron Man. And I think there is a desire from the powers that be to make sure that those things are distinguished and distinguishable so that we know where everybody stands... I think that's kind of the tension that is created for Tony and for Rhodey, because like who's really got the stick, and who really gets to decide what happens in certain situations? And that's what will be a lot of fun to explore in this film too."
The Thor sequel is reportedly going to use some long tunnels beneath London for part of filming. There's no additional context yet on where these tunnels are located in the context of the film, but this could be another indication that some subterranean characters — like the Dark Elves, say — will play a key role in the film. [Bleeding Cool]
Anthony Russo, who is directing the film with his brother Joe after co-directing several Community and Arrested Development episodes, explained how Captain America's character will develop in the sequel:
I mean, we're trying to grow him as a character, and certainly he's come a long way, from where he started in pre-World War 2 to where he is in modern-day America. So the character has room for growth because of that huge journey that he's been on, Number 1. Number 2, part of the appeal of these movies is the ensemble. Captain America isn't the only character in the film, there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature.
He then discussed the "Winter Soldier" part of the sequel's title, basically confirming that, yes, this is an adaption of Ed Brubaker's acclaimed arc:
We like the [story]. I can't talk too much about specifics, that's the way Marvel handles things. I can say in general that there's sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain [America] in the modern day.
And Russo also tackled the question of flashbacks to World War II, saying that they're making the movie for first-time viewers, and that means finding ways to fill people in on Cap's backstory. There's more at the link, including why Russo thinks his and his brother's experience on Community qualifies them to take this job on. [Huffington Post]
From the same press appearance, here's another quote in which Russo connects the experience of working on episodic television to that of diving into Marvel's interconnected cinematic universe:
"Marvel is a big company, and they've made a lot of movies. These narratives are connected to each other. That's not typical for a feature film, but television people are used to that. There are seasons and seasons of a show, and the history is very important it, obviously... My brother and I were comic book geeks from a young age, and big fantasy geeks. We got to talk to [Marvel] in detail about that. They knew that we understood the brand and their characters really well. We were just incredibly passionate about the movie, and they felt that it was the right match."
Here's a new sneak peek from Len Wiseman and Colin Farrell's upcoming reboot. The clip recalls one of the more memorable sequences from Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger's original. [Total Film]
And here are some more promo photos, spotlighting stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. [IGN]
How To Train Your Dragon star Jay Baruchel is reportedly close to signing on for a key supporting role, described as "the head of marketing for Omnicorp, the company that is building the police cyborg." [Heat Vision]
Here are a couple photos showing Andy Serkis both before and after his virtual transformation into Gollum. [E! Online]
The possibility of a Doctor Who movie is still sort of vaguely out there, with Steven Moffat repeatedly making it clear — whatever Harry Potter director David Yates might say — that any movie will be in the current continuity and star the current television Doctor. This means, funnily enough, that there's one person we can definitely rule out as playing the Doctor in a movie, and that's Matt Smith. There's a very simple reason for that, as Smith himself explains:
"There's talk of it. I think David Yates was attached to do something. For my money, whoever is playing The Doctor should be in the movie. I don't think there should be two Doctors. I think it would take four or five years to get something like that off the ground, and I don't anticipate that I'll be playing the Doctor then. My skin and the aging process couldn't take it. But, I don't see any reason why it couldn't work. I think they should get Steven to write it because he's the best."
So then, for those earnestly hoping that Matt Smith will still be playing the Doctor in 2016 or 2017... well, prepare yourselves for a bit of disappointment. [Collider]
The show has just become the first ever British series to make the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Once the issue actually hits, we should be able to glean some spoilers from it, but for now just enjoy this rather nice cover. [Doctor Who News]
The show has reportedly had to shut down production for the next few days, for the entirely understandable reason that John Noble and Blair Brown are both too ill to film scenes at the moment. However, this apparently isn't too serious, as production should resume sometime next week. [Digital Spy]
Here are the official descriptions for the next three episodes:
July 29: "Somebody That I Used to Know"
At Authority headquarters, the Chancellors revel in the afterglow of recent events; Eric gets a message from Godric; Bill is shaken by a distant memory. Helped by Claude and his sisters, Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents' deaths, with shocking results. An emotional Luna tries to walk in Sam's shoes. Hoyt's new pals bring him a present; Lafayette leads a séance to purge a curse; J.D. ups the stakes of his fight with Alcide.
August 5: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
As the Authority proceeds with Lilith's plan, Eric plots his escape. Gran directs Sookie to a clue to her parents' murderer. Andy and Jason search for leads to the identities of the people behind the shifter killings. Alcide recalls his pack induction; Arlene gets caught in Terry and Patrick's crossfire; Steve gets a new pet.
August 12: "Gone, Gone, Gone"
With vampire-on-human attacks increasing, the Authority attempts to woo public favor. Meanwhile, Nora tries to convert Eric to Lilith's gospel. Jason finds a mysterious scroll; Elijah, the new vampire sheriff of Area 5, pushes Pam and Tara to obey a new mandate; Sam and Luna search for Emma; Russell seeks a higher calling.
Here's a little more from executive producer Alan Ball on the fifth season finale's big body count:
"Probably more than any other episode we've ever had. I'm not saying they're bodies we know, although some of them are. There's a lot of carnage."
Aalice Evans, who played Esther on The Vampire Diaries, will reportedly guest star in episode six of the upcoming second season as Mia, "a powerful Royal who comes to Portland to see Captain Renard" and who likely has ulterior motives behind her seemingly pleasant visit. [EW]
Executive producer and pilot director Jon Favreau explains why the show isn't meant to show a grim view of the future, even if it's set in a world without pretty much any technology:
"We didn't want this to be a dystopic view of the future. Some people are struggling to hang on to shreds of the old society, whereas Charlie's [younger] generation sees this world as the pastoral, simple place where they grew up. We wanted to show this world through their eyes, so that Revolution wouldn't feel like The Road or Mad Max."
Also, Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito says that his character, militia leader Captain Tom Neville, may not be as villainous as he first appears:
"Without this guy, there would be total anarchy. He's trying to restore some kind of order. Neville may seem like he's on the wrong side of the fence but wait and see."
There's no real news here, but FX reportedly still hasn't abandoned their plans to adapt Brian Michael Bendis's comic to series, even if they rejected the first attempt at a pilot. The current plan is to shoot a whole new pilot, likely with a whole new cast, but there's no firm schedule on when that might actually happen. It should probably be repeated that, while this might seem like a whole lot of nothing coming from any other network, this is similar to the production history on Sons of Anarchy, so it's possible FX still might pull this thing off. [Variety]
Showrunner Jack Kenny revealed that some of season four's artifacts will include "an artifact that belonged to H.P. Lovecraft, Maelzel's metronome, an artifact that creates tornadoes, Bobby Fisher's marbles, Scott Joplin's cigarette case, Lewis Carroll's mirror, and an artifact that is inside a person." Also, the show will delve further into Mrs. Frederic's backstory as well as reveal more about how artifacts are "born." [SpoilerTV]
Wesley MacInnes, who played the villain Icicle on Smallville, will reportedly guest star in episode nine. Here's the description, courtesy of Showcase:
As the first season comes to its climax, Wesley MacInnes guest stars as Hoyt Gerber - a quick tempered young man who has some rather radical views on bringing down the world's growing corporate entities. He is also a friend of series regular Julian Randol (Richard Harmon – The Killing); step-brother to series lead Alec Saddler (Erik Knudsen - Scott Pilgrim vs The World). In episode nine Kiera and her cop partner from 2012, Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster – Surrogates), arrive to investigate some bizarre activities at the Sadler residence only to walk in on a lot more than they bargained for.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.