What is Marvel's plan for its ambitious movie schedule through 2019? How will the new Power Rangers movie connect to the TV show? Robin Lord Taylor says Gotham has a story for how the Penguin gets his distinctive walk. Lucy Lawless joins the cast of Agents of SHIELD. Plus, fresh looks at The Walking Dead season five. Spoilers now!
Top image: Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Kevin Feige talked about Josh Brolin being cast as Thanos, saying that "people usually" sign multi-picture deals. He also said:
We knew he was going to be in this movie. We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well. We were looking at a wish list of, "Wouldn't it be great if names," and his name was on it. And you look at his face and the performances he gives, he could be Thanos without any effects. He has that kind of face and that kind of gravitas to it.
We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time but when it does it's very nice, where he was totally intrigued. He was a fan of what we did, he met with Jeremy Latcham in a hotel in London and learned about the characters a little bit. I spoke to him on the phone a few times. We ran it by James who loved it, ran it by Joss who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Hitfix has a rumor about what happens to Bruce Banner at the end of the film:
Banner continues to play a key role in things in this movie, and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play. Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quin jet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. He's going to have to ride out the trip. It's pre-programmed and he can't stop it.
All of that, if true, could mean that Banner meets up with the Guardians. Kevin Feige was asked about it, and he denied that this rumor was true and added:
It depends what it is. If it's something that's incorrect, like that, we don't worry about it. And if it's something that's correct, we usually don't worry about it. Because you're not gonna alter your plans based on something [written online]. We've had things that have been spoiled that are annoying, but you move on with life and you find for the most part it's really only a select group of us that are obsessing about these things.
Which we, even I have a tendency to forget sometimes. Like for instance, if I was a huge Hunger Games fan, I'm sure there's a website I can go to and have everything spoiled about coming up. But I'm not and I go see the movie and I go "Oh cool, that's a surprise." If I talk to a fan and they go, "Yeah, I knew that two years ago." Or you can read the book in that case.
It's just about knowing you can't control those things. And then there are some things that I'm happy haven't gotten out. Stuff that's coming up that hasn't gotten out that people don't know anything about. And, you know, going back to last year, had the Mandarin twist been revealed in Iron Man 3, it would have been a disaster. And the fact that it didn't made me very happy.
Finally, Feige also commented on the release dates going through 2019, saying:
[Guardians of the Galaxy] fulfilled our desire to do something different, to start producing, each year, a film that was the sequel to a pre-existing, successful franchise and do something new. We're doing that next year with Age of Ultron, with Ant-Man, and hope to maybe continue that model in the coming years.
Roberto Orci said the upcoming film will have "continuity within the world" of the TV show, but he can't say what exactly that is. But he did talk a little about how they may be preparing for that:
One of the first things we did was learn and read... They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We're not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, to tell him, "Listen, I'm your man. [Ashley Edward] Miller and [Zack] Stentz, these are your guys. I promise you I won't ruin your franchise." And he said, "It's very important to me, because kids around the world know what the Power Rangers are. So you can't just come in here and walk all over it. It better be consistent with what I've been doing." And I said, "Yes sir!"
He also said that there was a chance for the there to be cameos from the original cast. [IGN]
British director Carl Tibbetts (Retreat, Black Mirror) will direct the science fiction film Timeless, which follows a "twentysomething surfer who sets out to build a time-travel machine after his wife dies in an accident." [Deadline]
Insidious Chapter 3
Here's the press release announcing the start of production:
SANTA MONICA, July 22nd, 2014 – Focus Features, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Insidious: Chapter 3 has begun production in Los Angeles. Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, is writing and directing the new movie.
To commemorate the start of production of the series' newest chapter, Focus is launching a sweepstakes on the official Insidious Facebook ( www.facebook.com/InsidiousMovie) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/InsidiousMovie) pages. Insidious buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of Insidious: Chapter 3. The contest begins on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ends on Friday, July 25th. The contest's complete official rules can be accessed at
Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (of August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse's upcoming Jem and the Holograms) alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.
In Insidious: Chapter 3, a twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.
Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on Friday, May 29th, 2015. eOne will distribute the picture in Canada, U.K., and Spain; and Sony will distribute the picture in the rest of the world. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced both previous movies in the series, is producing the next installment with returning producer Oren Peli and franchise co-creator James Wan, who directed the two earlier films written by Mr. Whannell with story by Mr. Wan and Mr. Whannell. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steven Schneider, Charles Layton, and Xavier Marchand are executive-producing Insidious: Chapter 3.
Insidious, released in 2011, and Insidious: Chapter 2, released in 2013, grossed a combined $257 million worldwide.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Hunger Games continues its viral marketing blitz with new entries on the Capitol Couture website. This time, we have two "living portraits" of Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason, with descriptions that tell us a little bit about the spin being placed on the two. First up is Peeta:
As our Quarter Quell victors, Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason hold the distinct honor of being the first Capitol citizens featured within a Living Portrait. Peeta stands tall and true in his Capitol Citizen Living Portrait, his matte leather Unconditional ensemble showcasing a stone-like texture and channeling the victor's quiet strength, completed by shirt and shoes courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela. The paper collar piece, designed by David Mason, mirrors the sculptural elements in Johanna's dress and gives a stern ambiance to the baker's son. With an unprecedented two victories under his belt, Peeta is no longer the boy who bravely faced the 74th Hunger Games, but a true Capitol hero.
As our Quarter Quell victors, Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason hold the distinct honor of being the first Capitol citizens featured within a Living Portrait. Here we see Johanna in an exquisite Alon Livne creation that "juxtaposes the flowing drapery of classic statuary while the super modern and sculptural iridescent white bodice references the branch motif of the Panem Seal." With plunging lines and slits as daring and divine as the warrior woman herself, every element of Johanna's ensemble (including her Alexander Wang shoes and hand-carved marble bangles by Chen Chen and Kai Williams) exudes her fierce strength and enduring pride- a true darling of the Capitol.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Here's a new promo video and a poster:
SFX previewed their upcoming Doctor Who story with a few quotes from Steven Moffat, including the fact that we seem to be getting at the repercussions of the "fairy tale" motif:
I think it feels more serious. One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It's not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it's going to have an effect on them. And it's not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better?
We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…
We also got a look at the relationship between the new Doctor and Clara:
He's not as immediately approachable and he's not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says 'Wait here, I'll be back' you really hope he'll be back, but you're not absolutely convinced… What he's not doing is reassuring you very much.
... From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she's landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she's a girl. They're great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.
Like the rest of the cast, Robin Lord Taylor, who plays the proto-Penguin, has had to figure out how the prequel version of his character will become the more familiar iteration:
It's before he's realized his capacity for violence. In the pilot, his journey is so incredible. He starts in this place with very low status, and he tries to establish himself and fails. But all of that gives him everything he needs to become the criminal mastermind that he is. He discovers his full power and full disregard for human life. So when I got the job, I did a lot of research, and the Penguin as a child is bullied relentlessly by his peers for the way he looks and his interests. He's a kid who reads Shakespeare. He's an artistic kid and goes to a prep school, and he's just tortured for it. And how relevant is that? Bullying is such an issue now. And it's amazing to think Penguin has been around since 1942 and that these issues still carry through.
... The other thing too, in terms of his walk, we see why that happens. It gives me the impetus … at the start of the show I don't think he has that penchant for violence, but then it's hammered home—quite literally. You want it to be as physically accurate as possible.
He also gave a few hints about what happens to Oswald Cobblebot in the pilot:
He's a very ambitious character. Interestingly, status-wise, by end of the pilot he's even at a lower place than the beginning. But it's a rebirth. He's on a way to building himself back up. If you follow what happens to the Penguin, he runs everybody. He plays all sides. He has his hands in everything.
According to EP Bruno Heller, the show will stay true to core of the Batman story. "What we won't do is break the canonical iron truths of the mythology," said Heller at the Television Critics Association press tour, "It's not a whole new mythology. But issues of chronology, we will play with in a fun way."
As for the theme of the show, Heller explains:
That's the situation that the show is all about. How do you deal with crime of this level when there are no superheroes? It's as much about the hope and the struggle that they're engaged in... It's about men and women, not about superheroes.
That, says Heller, makes Jim Gordon the "lynchpin" who "gives permission for Batman to exist in this world." [TV Guide]
Agents of SHIELD
Joining the cast next season for an unannounced period of time is Lucy Lawless. We don't know who she's playing yet, but it could be the previously named "Mary Maloney," an agent who can "command any room" with "effortless sex appeal." [TV Line via Observation Deck]
Whereas the villain of season 2 had a deeply personal connection to Oliver, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says that season 3's villain will be totally different:
Slade had a very specific agenda—he was out for revenge and had set up this elaborate five-year plot. What's interesting about the villain in season three is that he doesn't necessarily disagree with [Oliver]. He doesn't have any personal animus towards the Arrow, and he actually in some ways has a very similar worldview. [But] the Arrow is thinking too small.
Kreisberg said we'd get the casting for the big bad "soon." (Comic-Con maybe?) As for the recently announced Arrow/Flash crossover, here are some of the details:
It's really going to be an adventure with the Arrow and Flash on both episodes. Watching the two teams come together and fight alongside each other, it's one of the most fun parts. We just don't believe in waiting. We really believe in accelerated storytelling and especially for those first nine episodes of the season—for both shows—hopefully we've designed it so that none of these [make you say], 'Well, I missed that one, it's fine.'
Most important news: Cory Stoll's wig in the show is there so that they can take it off him later and change his look.
Guillermo del Toro has an interesting simile for how the vampires see people:
The vampire drinks the person like a person would drink a Capri Sun. What do you do with a Capri Sun after you drink it? You crush it and throw it away.
The Walking Dead
We have two new looks at season 5. First we see Carol and Judith and then there's a shot of Rick Grimes. [Entertainment Weekly]
EP Jeremy Carver was on hand to promise that the show will not skip the scene where Sam finds out that his brother is a demon. He also had this to say about the new character hunting Dean:
Well, I can tell you that he's kind of cool and his name is Cole. He is someone from Dean's past who is looking for Dean for reasons totally unrelated to what's going on with the demon/Mark of Cain story. He's a guy that has a terrific amount of hunting skills but he's not a hunter in our sense of the word. He has no idea that the monster world exists so imagine his surprise when he comes across the man he's been hunting and he is something other than human. He's a pretty cool character.
He also said that they have new story opportunities with both Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard as regulars this season:
I think it will change it for the good. We've got them each for a few more episodes than we have before so now we have the opportunity to give them a few more stories of their own. The show has always orbited around Sam and Dean but one of the secrets of our show is that the supporting characters generally bounce around whatever the brothers are doing. But Misha and Mark have both come into their own in ways that we saw last year that really support standalone stories of their own. So we'll be seeing some more of that coming up.
When we last saw Castiel, he was up in heaven with a fading grace, and Metatron was in jail, so what can you tell me about the situation in heaven when we come back for Season 10?
The situation in heaven is relatively stable. And the situation in hell is also relatively stable. I think that's going to give a false sense of calm to, certainly, Sam and Dean, as well as some of our other players. So the mythology this year will sneak up on you a little bit more than it has in previous years. We're building up the season-long mythology right from the jump but we don't necessarily come right out and announce it like we have in seasons past, like how Season 8 was about the tablets. It's a bit of a slower build this year. I think that potentially will give it a bigger impact.
Interesting. So is Cas still up in Heaven even though things are, as you said, "relatively stable?"
No. Castiel is actually going to be on Earth at the start of the season, and he's still dealing with his stolen grace that's fading. He's got to try and figure out a way to stay alive that doesn't involve stealing another angel's grace. That's where we'll find him at the beginning.
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See showrunner Steven S. DeKnight in the clip below talk about the show's "kind of very gritty, 1970s New York feel." [via Spinoff Online]
Joseph Fiennes is set to produce and star in Nostradamus for NBC. This show's version of Nostradamus is described as "a charismatic and self-destructive man who is plagued with dangerous and disturbing visions." He'll be dealing with the murder of his wife in French court of Renaissance Europe. [Entertainment Weekly]
Under the Dome
Now that Rebecca has a decided that "Killing a percentage of the town means the remainder can live," she and Big Jim will move forward with this plan. Said Rachel Lefevre:
Obviously, with something this nefarious, Julia will do whatever she has to do to stop them. What's really scary about Big Jim and Rebecca's mission is that she realizes just how little she can trust anyone.
Barbie ends up torn between Julia and the killing duo. But he has even bigger problems, says Mike Vogel:
Last season, it was assumed that Barbie was just an unfortunate stranger who happened to be passing through town when the bubble came down and trapped him there.This year, we'll find out that Barbie has a much bigger role in the whole thing. It wasn't an accident that he was in Chester's Mill at that time.
As the season progresses, EP Neal Baer says that Sam's motivation for murder will be slowly revealed. Joining that mystery is amnesiac Melanie's resemblance to a girl who went missing 25 years ago and the locker that she has the combination to. The locker's contents will be revealed "soon." [TV Guide]
The Vampire Diaries
Joining the cast is Chris Wood as the recurring character of Kai, who is described as having a "blend of instability and angst under his cool exterior." [Den of Geek]
Once Upon a Time
The show is looking for a Hans for their Frozen plot, who will show up in the third episode of the season. [TV Line]
Syfy and Space's new "space bounty hunters" adventure, has cast Shawn Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane, and Hannah John-Kamen,
Ashmore's character is John Jaqobis is a "cheerful peacemaker who prefers not to fight," but who can do it well. Macfarlane's D'avin is a "former soldier whose hard-won expertise in tactics, maneuvers and hand-to-hand combat make him an instant asset to the Killjoy team."
John-Kamen's playing Dutch, who is "gorgeous, complicated and deadly" and with a dark past. [TV Line]
Here's the description of episode 7.06, "Karma":
A shocking discovery forces Sookie (Anna Paquin) to reassess her recent involvement with Bill (Stephen Moyer). In Dallas, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) forge an unlikely alliance in their hunt for a shared nemesis. Andy (Chris Bauer) bickers with Holly (Lauren Bowles) about their children's behavior; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) shares a vision with Lettie Mae (Adina Porter); Jason (Ryan Kwanten) owns up to his true feelings about Violet (Karolina Wydra); Sam (Sam Trammell) finds himself in a quandary regarding Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell).
Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Angela Robinson.
Here are sneak peeks at episode 4.06, "Orphaned." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen