The Avengers find their composer. Steven Spielberg picks a location for Robopocalypse. Henry Cavill explains the difference between Tarsem Singh and Zack Snyder. What does The Hunger Games need to succeed? Plus the latest on the dueling Snow White adaptations!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Here's another set video from the explosive New York filming.
Henry Cavill offers an interesting analogy to distinguish between the visual approaches of his Superman director Zack Snyder and Immortals director Tarsem Singh:
"While Zack is very stylized; Tarsem is very artistic. Not to say Zack isn't artistic ... OK, watching that HDTV [motions to a screen in the room which is a masterwork in itself and seeing that painting on the wall, which is a masterwork in itself — they are both beautiful, they both affect you, and they are so entirely different. Like Zack is the TV and Tarsem the painting."
Composer Alan Silvestri, who is most famous for his iconic Back to the Future score and who also recently did the score for Captain America, has confirmed that he will be handling the music for The Avengers, as was rumored the other day. [MTV Splash Page]
Not too much to go on here, but the movie will reportedly need over 1,000 people from the Wilmington, North Carolina area — where the movie is filming from May 2012 to January 2013 — to be extras in the film. They're currently looking for "ALL ages, ALL Shapes and Sizes, ALL Ethnicities, Kids, Adults, Males and Females", but hopefully more specific requests will appear soon enough. [On Location Vacations]
Lionsgate executive Jon Feltheimer says "we would be disappointed if we didn't make three or four movies" out of the series, reaffirming the possibility that one book — presumably the third — will be split into two parts. He also said the first movie will need to make $100 million at the domestic box office to justify sequels, which he is fairly confident the movie will reach. [Bloomberg]
Steven Spielberg has reportedly signed a deal to shoot the entirety of his upcoming robot apocalypse — Robopocalypse, if you will — movie in Montreal. The city was reportedly chosen because it had the right mix of tax incentives and ample studio space needed for the big budget adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel. The movie is currently set for a 2013 release. [CBC]
Here's a new banner image highlighting Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman, Kristen Stewart's Snow White, and Charlize Theron's Evil Queen. [/Film]
Here are some photos of sets being built for the current filming in England. [SWATH Fan Site]
Tarsem Singh discusses his own Snow White project:
It's a family film. (laughs) I think everybody asks the same thing, because my stuff tends to be a little hard on the line, so if you say make it PG or make it R, it's going to be a little harder there than most people expect R to be. On this one, they asked me if I wanted to make an edgy film, and I just said, "Absolutely not. I just think it's a family project and I don't really have an inkling in making it edgy and then trying to pull out the edge. It's much better to embrace what it is, that it's a family film and I'd love to do a family film." When you think of a Polanski or a Scorsese, you just see their DNA in everything they do. You jump genre, but can it be my take on the genre is all I'm interested in, and when I realized it could be my take, I just said, "No problem, let's do this. I don't care if it's a thriller or if it's a family movie, just embrace the genre and know what the limitations are."
Will it still feel very familiar to the people who know Snow White? There are elements of Greek mythology in "Immortals" but it's a very different take on it.
They'll know the whole thing about the evil Queen and talking to mirrors. It's a different take but the DNA is very familiar.
Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Peggy Carter in Captain America, has reportedly been cast as the heroine Sara in this relatively low-budget (just $10 million) update of Jules Verne's legendary 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is already signed to play Captain Nemo, while David Morrisey - who played Jackson Lake in the Doctor Who special "The Next Doctor", among other things - plays Atwell's uncle, who is the chief adviser to President Ulysses S. Grant. The plot involves Sara and her uncle freeing "Nemo from prison to try and discover why mysterious 'sea monsters' are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast." [Deadline]
Here's a TV spot.
Here's an intentionally silly interview with the cast.
Here's a new teaser video for the next couple of episodes, examining whether Peter's return is actually a good thing. [TV Line]
Here are some promo images for the November 18 episode, "Wallflower." [KSiteTV]
Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman discuss what the rogue shapeshifter means for Peter, while studiously dodging questions about the return of David Robert Jones:
Wyman: That's definitely part of the developing narrative, that he's inextricably linked to but that's just there to — you're going to really start to understand the larger picture soon enough, and understand how that's going to impact everybody and what they're doing there.
Could that have anything to do with the upcoming return of David Robert Jones?
Wyman: We've never really said in what capacity - you know FRINGE. We do things that… I think we've said before: if you said to us, "Hey, we heard that there's going to be a love triangle between Peter and Olivia and some other person," and people reported that, only FRINGE could twist it so you were kind of right, but you were kind of wrong. It was really between Peter and Olivia and another Olivia, which is a whole other dynamic. We're allowed to do things that are really weird.
Pinkner: There are pictures of Jared Harris (David Robert Jones) on the set of our show. To what extent and what the character is and who the character is and how the character is, those are things that we don't want to spoil.
Wyman also weighs in on the changed relationship between Olivia and Nina Sharp in this new reality:
We find that really delicious that Olivia and Nina have a deeper relationship and we're going to explore what that is and what that was and how it effects everybody. Because, going back to choices and influence and impact, which I think we now, really, especially this season, we're really interested in the impact that we all have on each others' lives and what that influence means. And that's a metaphor for this season.
So there are going to be certain things that Olivia learned from Nina, certain ways to look at the world, certain ways to handle problems, she learned a lot from her. She can also recognize what Nina is capable of doing something that might be a little on the line of good morality or bad morality or ethics. You're going to get to see a lot of that. You're going to get to see a lot of their differing views of the world. There's a lot of nice surprises coming up for everyone, specifically in regards to that relationship.
There's a bunch more at the link. [Give Me My Remote]
Here's a behind-the-scenes video looking at how the events of "Cherokee Rose" affect the characters going forward.
Here's a promo and sneak peek for this Sunday's episode, "Chupacabra." There's some additional analysis and speculation at the link. [BuddyTV]
And here's Robert Kirkman on the budding relationship between Glenn and Maggie:
"It brings a sense of hope into the show, that these two people can find each other and find love. It's fun to have a bit of romance in there and think that, despite everything that's going on in this world, two people can find some form of happiness... until a zombie attacks, and zombies do attack from time to time."
Kirkman also explains how they're setting up things now that will pay off in season three:
Well, despite just having gotten the final word on season 3, you don't do a show like this without being mindful of what you're building towards. At least once a week in the writer's room we spend an hour or two just talking about all the different things that we're planning on doing in a proposed third season and how we're going to pay off on various different things that have happened in season 1 and season 2.
Here's a promo for next week's episode eight, "Proof." [Terra Nova TV]
Here are some promo images from episode nine, "Vs." [KSiteTV]
Here's a promo for this week's episode, "Chuck vs. the Frosted Tips."
Here's a promo for episode four, "The Price of Gold."
Here's the synopsis for episode five, "That Still Small Voice", written by genre stalwart Jane Espenson:
HENRY EXPLORES THE INSIDE OF A MYSTERIOUS SINKHOLE TO SEE IF ITS CONTENTS CAN LINK STORYBROOKE TO THE FAIRYTALE WORLD, AND JIMINY CRICKET YEARNS TO LEAVE THE FAMILY BUSINESS AND TRANSFORM INTO THE PERSON HE WANTS TO BE - "That Still Small Voice" - As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry's life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business and transform into the person he wants to be.
Lost veteran Emilie de Ravin has reportedly been cast as Belle of Beauty and the Beast fame. The character is reportedly connected to Robert Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin. It's unknown if Beast will appear — though probably a reasonably safe bet — but Gaston is reportedly going to show up as well. [TV Guide]
The Beauty and the Beast episode is reportedly called "Skin Deep", it airs next year, and much of it will be taken up with flashbacks to the fairy tale world. [KSiteTV]
Actor Nick Lea, whose previous roles include Joe Evans on the new V and Alex Krycek on The X-Files, will play Hansel and Gretel's father in an upcoming episode. His real world counterpart will be a mechanic. [NickLea.com]
Speaking of which, Lea will also appear in Supernatural's twelfth episode as a character named Elliot. [NickLea.com]
Here's a pair of sneak peeks for "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!", including one spotlighting guest star DJ Qualls as a laid-back hunter.
Here's a promo for tonight's episode, featuring a guest appearance from Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet.
Vivien is reportedly going to eat some brains in this week's episode, which somehow still doesn't crack the top five for most ridiculous things to happen to Vivien. [TV Line]
Homeland actor Amir Arison has reportedly been cast as "Joe Escandarian, a real estate developer interested in buying the Harmons home with an intent that upsets many of the house's current 'occupants.'" The character's appearance in the November 16 episode "Open House" will reportedly answer some key questions. Joe is also reportedly able to see Alexandra Breckenridge's Moira, and indeed one report suggests she will actually seduce him in the episode. [The Live Feed]
Here are some photos from episode seven, "Icebreaker." [multipleverses.com]
Here's a sneak peek at this Thursday's episode, "Homecoming."
The show is reportedly casting for a recurring character named Jamie, who will be introduced in the twelfth episode as a potential love interest for Bonnie. [SpoilerTV]
Here are a sneak peek for the series premiere.
Additional reporting by Natalie Baaklini and Charlie Jane Anders.