Details from the Making of Game of Thrones' Next Massive Set Piece!

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Doctor Who's reveals a huge number of hi-res photos, Samuel L. Jackson wants in on the next Star Wars movie, and Kevin Feige says we may have to wait a while to see Loki again. Plus, there's a ton of rumors from Batman vs. Superman, including a possible new female cast member and a possible CW crossover.


Top image: Doctor Who

Star Wars

Speaking to David Letterman, Samuel L. Jackson spoke a little bit about the next Star Wars and his idea:

I went to London to start another film, and I'm in the film with Mark Hamill so I asked Mark if he'd heard from J.J. Abrams, and he said: 'No'. Then all of a sudden Ewan [McGreggor] was there and I spoke to him on the phone and asked if he was there doing 'Star Wars' and he said: 'No, they didn't call me."

So I was thinking maybe all three of us should get together and just and go over to the 'Star Wars' set one day and just stand around and see if maybe they could use some old Jedi.


A lot of the rumors up til now have been pretty clear on Mark Hamill, at least, being asked to return. So either Jackson's embellishing his story for comedic effect, Hamill actually isn't involved, or (most likely, in my opinion) Hamill meant that he hadn't heard anything after the initial discussion. [Yahoo!]

Marvel Phase 3

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was on hand to discuss how Thor: The Dark World set up Avengers: Age of Ultron:

Well if you're just talking about how that [Thor deciding not to be king of Asgard] sets up into Avengers [Age of Ultron], yes — it was not in the Avengers storyline that we are putting together for the next one. It would not have been appropriate for Thor to not be there and to be on a throne in Asgard. But from the beginning of the first film, that had always been his destiny. It may one day be his destiny again, but for the time being we want to free him up from that. And Joss [Whedon] was a part of those discussions as we were figuring that out.

He also said that they're trying not to have an Earth-ending threat in every movie, but that there's a reason that the threats in the standalone movies don't require all the Avengers and Ultron does:

I don't think it's going to be about saving the universe every time. We've said that. It's not about saving planet Earth every time. It might be many times, but the threat that Ultron brings is certainly worthy of all the Avengers needing to come together and also the timing does play a large part of that. When you see a threat coming you have more time to assemble. There's not a whole lot more I can say on that.


Feige also answered the question on the mind of many a fan: When will we see Loki again?

Yeah, I don't think it would be before Thor 3 if there is a Thor 3 and while we certainly have ideas of where we would like that to go, there are no specifics. We have to see how this one does and then go from there. But I like… Clearly I like the notion that some people think he might die in this movie. That works to our advantage. I wouldn't spoil that necessarily, but I do like that afterwards people can, and there will be references… There are no specific plans, but if in specific movies somebody references Odin, that means that something else is going on up there, which I think is cool.



Batman vs. Superman

Despite earlier rumors, Adam Driver's denied that he's playing Nightwing, saying:

No. Not that I know of, no. If you find out, let me know, then I'll know.

That's like intensely flattering as you can imagine. I mean, it's Batman and Superman, who doesn't want to be involved in something not only of that scale but of who those characters are. That's an incredible world to be able to be in for a bit. Like who wouldn't want to do that?



In a similar vein, we have rumored Wonder Woman Jamie Alexander saying to Jay Leno:

It would definitely be a cool job. I was a huge fan growing up, not just [of] the show, but the comic books too.


See the video for yourself below. [Comic Book Resources]

Comic Book Movie has a source that says that not only will the Man of Steel sequel have Wonder Woman (not in costume), but will also connect the cinematic DC universe with the small screen one. The source reports that Warner Brothers wants Grant Gustin to cameo as Barry Allen, so long as fans like him when he shows up in Arrow.


The report also includes information that has Lex Luthor caring less about Superman as an impediment to his business dealings, and worrying more about the idea that Superman is just bad for humankind in general. Word is that he'll resemble the Luthor from Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman. He's also going to be the good guy "pride of Metropolis" when he shows up. The report further goes on to say that Luthor will be interested in "fringe" science, and be pushing his scientists to recreate the Kryptonian armor from the first movie.

Finally, it's said that a) Batman's love interest will be serious and will know his secret identity and b) Warner Bros. wants to cast an African-American in the role. [Comic Book Resources]


In giant grain of salt land, Latino Review's El Mayimbe tweeted that Gal Gadot was the "front runner" for a "female role." What role that is remains to be seen. Major grain of salt required, as always. [K Pop Starz]

A tweet from Warner Bros. producer Daniel Alter seems to indicate that the sequel will be influenced by the graphic novel Kingdom Come:

Can't wait for #BatmanvsSuperman.. #batfleck semi-retired/not speaking to Robin anymore.. Controlling drones from the batcave.


Between that, the comment that Luthor's coming from All-Star Superman, and the reported continuing influence of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight, this movie sounds like it's going to be a veritable stew of comic influences. [Sci Fi Now]


Following the release of the trailer, director Neil Burger gave a commentary on it to MTV. He pretty much explained the importance of scenes to the greater plot, like the famous knife-throwing scene:

[Training in Dauntless is like] being in the Marines, times 10. They shoot, they fight, they throw knives.

She stands up for a friend, and she's basically punished by having to stand in front of a target and have Four throw these knives at her. And he can't play it safe, or else he's gonna give himself away. So he actually ends up cutting her with the knife.

He takes his shirt off and he shows this intense tattoo that he has, which in a way represents all five personalities and more.


More at the link. [MTV]


Colin Farrell's read the script, loved it, and has no idea if he's going to be in it:

Don't know what's happening, man. I read the script, if that's any use to you, and it's amazing....Duncan was cool. I sat with Duncan for awhile and read the script, loved the script, and we was as cool as can be. I don't know what's happening with the film. I don't know where they are in the process...It's just a world that I never explored — and it's a really big and fantastical world. I can't imagine what he, being as visually gifted as he is, Duncan, and what he did on Moon with, like, a dime, I can't imagine what he'd do with this Warcraft.

Can I? I probably shouldn't. I don't even know, actually, I'll just say that! I don't even know. We were just talking, and Duncan just said, "There might be something in it for you!" And I said, "Catering?"




Hugh Jackman revealed that, yes, he's been hearing things about the future of Wolverine, but, no, he's not committing yet:

I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night. There are some really cool ideas that I'm dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet. [...] I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I'm really proud of The Wolverine.

OI don't want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one. I love the character, he's kind of like a best friend to me, and I don't ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we've got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That's what we're all working toward.




In the same interview, Jackman says Neill Blomkamp's next movie has "a very, very, very good script — very interesting," and that "it's going to surprise people in a lot of ways. He's a real visionary." He also said his character is named Vincent, and he squares off with Dev Patel's Deon. [EW]


Fantastic Four

A Reddit user posted that they'd received word that their apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana might be used for filming. So we at least know the general area that the reboot could be filming in. [Coming Soon]


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Here's a brand new clip:

Game of Thrones

The official production diary featured an entry that went into detail of the filming of the Purple Wedding, where Joffrey weds Margaery:

While the ceremony itself was filmed in one of our semi-permanent sets in Belfast, the Sept of Baelor, the reception was filmed in a beautiful outdoor set located in Parc Gradac in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The park was transformed by our new Production Designer, Deb Riley, and her team into everything you might desire from a Royal Wedding carnival, with elaborate decorations, an epic feast and the most creative and unexpected forms of entertainment for the guests.

Filmed over a five day stretch, we waited with bated breath each day for the clouds to roll in and dampen our fun. Weather reports suggested imminent downpours at the end of the week, and only a few days before, water funnels had formed off the coast in the height of a rain storm. Aside from one short and dramatic burst where Costume scrambled to get all the extras under cover and everyone rushed to protect props, we were spared the worst of the predictions.

In terms of principal cast members in attendance, the Royal Wedding was one of the largest scenes we've filmed since the premiere season, with 23 named parts appearing on any given day. In addition, we were delighted to welcome 218 extras as guests to the event, some of them travelling from the other side of Europe and the United States to be a part of the experience. Lookout for some familiar faces in the crowds – Pixie Le Knot is back this year, and one of our crew makes an appearance with the entertainers.


As one commenter on that post says, no doubt "Joff and Marge will have many happy years ruling the kingdom." [Making Game of Thrones]

Doctor Who

We've heard Steven Moffat express this sentiment before, but it's becoming increasingly clear that "Day of the Doctor" is going to momentous:

I think you could argue it's the most important thing that ever happens to him. It's the day, the day of his life. He'll never ever forget this one, he'll never be the same again. The very rare occasions when you say the Doctor will actually not be the same again. Yes, it will redefine him.


[Sci Fi Now]

Go here for the mother lode of "Day of the Doctor" images. Seriously, there's a lot.

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And here are a few photos of Ingrid Oliver as UNIT scientist Osgood. [Blogtor Who]

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The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman gave a few tiny details about the spinoff, saying that it will feature "completely different people." He also made clear that the new show will be far enough away from the original to let it stand on its own:

It definitely won't be set in Georgia… It's important to us that this show exists on its own. The spin-off has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we've all sold out.


[TV Line]

The Vampire Diaries

Executive producer Julie Plec explained what it means for the season now that Stefan has his memories back:

Stefan's not going to recover as well as he thought he was going to recover. He thinks if they can just vanquish Silas and get him out of their lives then he can move on, not really realizing that he hasn't quite come to terms with what he went through. Not even just trapped in a safe at the bottom of the quarry, but also watching Elena fall in love with his brother. Stefan moving on is not going to be as easy as he thinks it is.


More at the link. [Zap2It]

Nina Dobrev also explained what'll happen when Nadia shows up to talk to her mother, Katherine:

It is going to be a little bit of a power struggle between the two of them because Katherine is her mother and she feels entitled.

Now that she's weaker, [Nadia] is fighting to take care of her and have her in her life, but Katherine keeps doing things to piss her off. She's just not good at thinking about other people. She's having to learn that with [Nadia]. But you learn that she actually does want to have that relationship. She just keeps screwing it up.


[TV Line]

Klaus will officially return to The Vampire Diaries from The Originals next season. Speculation is for the 100th episode. [K Site TV]


Here's a promo for "Dead Man on Campus." [via SpoilerTV]


What Miles was burning in the shed is a mystery for later this season, according to co-showrunner Rockne S. O'Bannon:

The burning of the shed — and its contents — will become shockingly clear as we approach the climax of the season.


[TV Line]


According to Sasha Roiz, although Nick and Captain Sean Renard will be continue to work together, for now, the appearance of Renard's royal cousin (Alexis Denisof) will put pressure on Renard. The cousin will show up and offer to help Renard get back into the family, and, according to Roiz:

[His family] definitely understand that that's very alluring to him.

It's one thing that's missing from his life… that idea of belonging and having that sense of family, which was stripped away from him. They know how to play that and manipulate that.



Here's a promo for episode 3.05. "El Cucuy." [via SpoilerTV]

Almost Human

Minka Kelly says that she doesn't really approach each day of filming thinking about the show taking place in the future:

As far as the future goes in regards to the show, I'm not really aware of us being in the future aside from the fact that we have robots walking around. I think that it's when I see the show that I'm reminded that this is set so far in the future. I guess, also, the cases that we have each episode are pretty out there.


Michael Irby also sees his character, Richard Paul, as being the everyman of this future, just living his life not thinking about the advances:

From my conversations with the producers, Paul is on the iPhone 28. It's just another thing to use. It's just like a screwdriver. He's just kind of a basic guy, so as far as that goes for me, I don't think of the robotic aspect or all that stuff. It just helps me do what I need to do, and faster.


[K Site TV]

Crystal Method spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about scoring Almost Human:

The producers wanted a gritty sound not typical of a TV score... We really just did what we wanted to do and fell back to the "guide" music every once in a while. But what was exciting for us was the dynamics. I was having a lot of fun playing around with the different time signatures, and not thinking about it being for the dance floor. So it's actually less rigid. It's opened up a whole new creative process for us.


[The Hollywood Reporter]

Go here for some preview photos for the whole season. [Buddy TV]



According to Nicole Gale Anderson, tomorrow's midseason finale's going to delve into the town's biggest secrets:

In episode five you kind of get to learn more about their past and their mysteries. There are also some really awesome flashbacks that we got to do that revealed the original Miranda and Caleb and you kind of get an idea why they have this instant connection.


[E! Online]


Here's the synopsis for and a clip of this week's episode, "Bad Boys":

YOUNG DEAN — Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets a call from an old friend named Sonny (guest star Blake Gibbons) asking for help with a ghost. Sonny runs a home for delinquent boys, and Dean was sent there for stealing food when he was younger. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is stunned he never knew this about his brother and asks for more information, but Dean dodges his questions. Another murder occurs while Sam and Dean are at the house, so they scramble to find the culprit before anyone else dies. Meanwhile, Dean looks up an old girlfriend (guest star Erin Karpluk) and recalls his time at the house.


[Latino Post]

Once Upon a Time

Episode 3.12 will be called "New York City Seranade." [SpoilerTV]

Go here for a bunch of set photos from Once Upon a Time. [yvrshoots]

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Here's the official description of episode six, "Who's Alice":


"Who's Alice" –Jafar pays a visit to the Asylum and Dr. Lydgate to uncover information about Alice, while in Wonderland, Alice heads to the Black Forest on her quest. Meanwhile, the Knave is awakened by magic with the help of an unlikely ally and he goes in search of Alice only to find her in terrible danger, and Cyrus does his best to evade the Red Queen. In flashback, Alice returns to Victorian England and her father after losing Cyrus, on "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.


[Spoiler TV]

American Horror Story: Coven

Go here for a complete set of photos from 3.07, "The Dead." [SpoilerTV]

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Person of Interest

Here's the synopsis for tomorrow's episode, "The Crossing":


"The Crossing" – Danger closes in when the battle to bring the crime organization HR to justice reaches new heights. Also, when The Machine suddenly gives out Reese's number, the POI team faces their greatest threat yet, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Nov. 19 (10:01 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network



Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell


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It seems to me that instead of meticulously plotting things out, and ensuring the viability, both artistically and commercially, of their characters and the properties they inhabit, Warners and DC are just going to throw things together and see if they work for Batman v. Superman.

What I would've done (in my infinite filmmaking/comic book wisdom): break the bank to keep Nolan involved and cast JGL as Batman. Batman vs. Superman happens, and hijinks ensue, and if you want Batman to fight Superman, (say Luthor tricks BatJGL) set it up so they fight, but (and as would happen), JGL gets his ass kicked, but he and Supes end up realizing who the real enemy is. Movie ends with Luthor examining a green rock. Go to credits, but stick around after they are done, as JGL is coming home to the Batcave, Christian Bale just happens to be sitting, examining a green rock. This sets up The World's Finest with Cavill as Supes, Bale back as Bats, and JGL becomes Nightwing.

/Silly Nerd Wishes