Real Steel is all about how robot boxing can be a road to redemption. Reports of The X-Files 3 might be a bit premature. Plus lots more from the sets of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Real Steel.
Here's another batch of set photos from the New York filming, including a photo of Stan Lee and Chris Evans near each other in a cafe, which quite probably ties in with Lee's cameo in the film. [Spinoff Online and The Daily Mail]
Here's a set video from the Los Angeles filming featuring more of the tunnel of destroyed cars. [Comic Book Resources]
Shawn Levy explains how they approached the robot boxing:
It was every day, making sure you're servicing just the crazy, balls-out action of robots wailing on each other - and thankfully we had [boxing legend] Sugar Ray Leonard as our consultant for the fights, which was a really great guarantor [of quality].
I'll digress for a moment, but what's cool about this movie is that this isn't computer animation. This is motion capture with real fighters in a real ring, consulting in the ring with me and Sugar Ray, wailing on each other in full contact. We took that captured fight as data and we converted it into robot avatars. That was a big thing. To do the movie as mo-cap instead of animation was a big choice. Mo-cap allows the director to direct a performance; it's not left to the imagination of an animator that sometimes you don't even meet. It was huge. Every day we were making sure the robots were cool-looking in terms of design and full-contact fighting.
He then went on to explain Hugh Jackman's role in the movie:
On the flip side, we could never forget that the movie is about Hugh Jackman's character, first, last and always. The movie is really only 30 to 35 percent robot-based fighting, but it's 100 percent anchored in Hugh Jackman playing this bot corner man and how he uses these machines to eventually get a shot at redemption...
Without giving too much away, he's at the center in that ... our hero robot, he ain't the biggest, he ain't the newest, he's not state of the art. What he has is this connection that I won't give away to Hugh's character, such that Hugh plays a former boxer [named Charlie] whose knowledge of the human sport that used to exist is the advantage that his robot has over the others. Every robot in the movie is built with one gear: full-on ground and pound. This robot fighter is informed more by Charlie's boxing history. So there's a nuanced human flair, resulting in this robot and his connection to Jackman, who's able to win fights he has no business winning.
There's more at the link. [MTV]
Elsewhere, Levy explains why he was brought on to direct the movie when his background isn't really found in science fiction:
"So I met with Steven [Spielberg] and said, you know, 'Why did you call me? It's not even a comedy.'" And he says, 'Because I've seen what you've done. It's always commercial. It's always kind of big-hearted. But I've had this feeling that your take on this would be what it needs.' So we shook hands in the room and I spent seven months re-writing the script with John Gatins... I had this whole different way to take the script, particularly in its back half that makes it much less just about rock 'em sock 'em type fodder and much more akin to some of the really rousing sports movies that I grew up on and loved."
And Hugh Jackman describes his character, ex-boxer and now robot trainer Charlie Kenton:
"He's misunderstood," Jackman says of playing Kenton, "I think he's a little bit of a broken man. He's disappointed himself and many people throughout his life and he's kind of used to that. He kind of expects to disappoint people and so he's one of those people who doesn't put himself in a situation where people rely on him. He lacks that self-confidence or self-belief, I suppose. [Max] is a kid he pretty much abandoned at birth and having him around is just a constant reminder of probably his biggest failure in life. So it's much easier to just keep someone at a distance than trying to keep them close and being protective."
Here's the full quote of Gillian Anderson's recent sequel talk, which seems to push things from "concrete plans" back to "wishful thinking":
"We're hoping to...that's something that we've said from the beginning, that we'd be interested in doing it if it ever came up again. I know that there are some discussions about it, I have no idea at what stage. There might a script, or how interested Fox is in doing it. We're all hoping that it's something that might take place. But they better hurry. 2012, which is the perfect subject matter is coming up quickly."
Here's an introduction for this week's episode, "The Girl Who Waited", from writer Tom MacRae and producer Marcus Wilson.
Here are some promo photos for the episode. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
The Radio Times has confirmed that Caitlin Blackwood will be back as young Amelia Pond in Toby Whithouse's episode 11, "The God Complex", meaning that, if nothing else, that episode will be completely adorable. You can read a complete cast list at the link. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's a brief description and a bunch of photos for the finale, "The Blood Line." [Simply Television]
The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission – but the Three Families are unstoppable, unless a terrible sacrifice is made...
According to the latest set of cryptic clues from George R.R. Martin, Anthony Morris has been cast as the Tickler. Martin has since confirmed that casting. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo trailer.
Here are some promo photos from the season premiere. [TV Fanatic]
The sixth episode is reportedly called "Killing Zoe." Here's a description of the title character:
The titular character, Zoe is gorgeous, smart, tough, and confident, mysterious and enigmatic and is also an ex-lawyer who is a bit of a loner. She is wealthy but she doesn't show it, her apartment is functional and cold. Also in the episode is a retired cop brought back into action and a CEO of a pharmaceutical company.
Here are some tidbits for episode nine:
In the episode is Dave who is a charming and friendly guy; the type who you would love to have a beer with. Watch out though, as he can turn quickly dangerous! Also Dave's younger friend is Tony who is quick tempered and less intelligent. He likes women, food and guns...
Jared Padalecki explains what's ahead for Sam and Dean this season:
Sam and Dean don't know what could possibly go wrong now. One of the things that has really remained a constant with Sam at least is that he's tried to remain strong. Sometimes there's a downfall, like when he had the demon blood thing going on. He's always thought he was doing the right thing, and he remained very headstrong. But now, with Sam's wall coming down, we see this guy who has always been strong who kind of now is just losing it. He doesn't know if he can trust himself and he has such self doubt that it's crippling. It's difficult on Dean; it's difficult on Bobby because he can't be a help to them if he can't be a help to himself. At least in the past, he's always been able to go in guns blazing and provide some sort of help. But now, with Sam's not sure who he is and where he is, it's like Dean and Bobby have to take care of me as well.
Here are a couple new promo videos.
Episode four is reportedly called "Halloween Part 2"...which gives one a pretty good idea as to what episode three might be called. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo and sneak peek for next Monday's episode, "Shadows."
Here's the same for next week's "One Small Step..."
Finally, a promo and sneak peek for this week's episode, "Lockdown."
Star Anne Silk explains what the mysterious little girl will mean for Bo over the course of the season:
Yes, as far as I know. She definitely comes back and there are things coming for Bo. The great thing about this season for us, is that we shot this season in order, we didn't do that the first season. And so that was a whole challenge in itself. Now we get the scripts as they come out and the story is unfolding for us too, which is how the audience will experience it. For now, there's definitely darker things coming for Bo. She's smarter and stronger this season, she can't be so cavalier about her lack of joining the Light or Dark. She has to realize that her actions have consequences that effect the people that she loves, which is now the only family she has now. It's a re-occurring theme.
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis, Charlie Jane Anders, and Katharine Trendacosta.