Fantastic Four casts Sue and Johnny's father. More details about Interstellar trickle out. And so much video from Maleficent. Plus, tons of info on the Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time finales. Spoilers now!
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The reboot has added Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire) to its cast. Carthy will playwill play Dr. Storm, father of Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) and Sue Storm (Kate Mara). [The Hollywood Reporter]
Director Gareth Edwards described where he and Thomas Tull started when they began this project, saying:
First of all, he's got to fight somebody else, it's not just going to be Godzilla, on his own, smashing up a city. We wanted to start with this thing to be feared, and he is, but we knew that as the film progressed the audience's relationship with him would evolve and it would go from fear and hate to being interpreted, by some, as the potential to save them
He also addressed the nuclear question that inspired both the original and the new film:
We [the West] police the world and go, 'You can't have nuclear power. You can't have it. But we can have it, and we have nuclear weapons' … and what if there were a creature that existed, or creatures that were attracted to radiation?" Edwards said. "Suddenly the tables would be turned and we'd be desperately trying to get rid of that stuff, and I thought that would be a really interesting scenario.
From Entertainment Weekly, here's a look at Christopher Nolan's Interstellar which shows Matthew McConaughey holding a lunar lander model, with Timothée Chalamet and Mackenzie Foy in the foreground. [via First Showing]
Liam Neeson has joined the cast of A Monster Calls, playing the role of a monster who bonds with a young boy. The film is adapted from a novel of the same name, which follow thirteen-year-old Conor O'Malley who is troubled by a tree in his backyard that transforms at night into a monster that narrates strange stories. [Screen Daily]
If you missed it, here's the cast on Good Morning America. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's a new featurette. [via Slashfilm]
And here's a trailer. [Coming Soon]
And you can see a clip at the link. [Coming Soon]
Finally, in the grand list of Maleficent videos, are a pair on the legacy and the creatures of the film. [First Showing]
Here's a poster version of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock. [Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]
Here's a new photo of Megan Fox as April O'Neil. [Coming Soon]
In unveiling the last poster for the season, Jeff Bell revealed some things about the finale:
So maybe we should assume that the shattered S.H.I.E.L.D. logo basically means things are irreparable.
One of the beauties now of S.H.I.E.L.D. sort of crumbling is that it's always weird to write a giant omnipotent organization that snoops on your phone calls and has infinite knowledge of everything, and go "but we're the good guys!" You know? It's tricky sometimes to make you feel like "Yay! They're listening in!" And so now we truly are underdogs. Now we really are on our own and have to use limited resources, and have to find other ways to stop the bad guys. And for us as storytellers, that's really exciting.
How is everything going to come together next week? Based on past episodes, I assume it's going to leave us screaming and cursing, right?
That was the goal! To me, a recipe for a good season finale is it answers most of the big questions and lays some new ones for you to look forward to when it comes back. And whether it's a cliffhanger or there's just introduction of a new character, or whether there's a twist on someone you didn't see coming, you go "oh, I wanna see what that is! What does that mean?" And so ideally we have answered the big questions that people are curious about in satisfactory ways, and we will lay the groundwork for our "wished for" season two.
And below is the poster. [Entertainment Weekly]
Over at TV Guide, executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz answered a bunch of questions about the finale, including:
Will we see more of the missing year?
Kitsis: No, we are done with the missing year at least for this year.
Will we see how Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) found Emma (Jennifer Morrison)?
Kitsis: We will find out how Hook found Emma.
Horowitz: We have not forgotten that little tidbit. That area of the missing year is explored—
Kitsis: Without us flashing back to it.
Horowitz: It'll make more sense when you see the finale.
With Maurice (Eric Keenleyside) returning in the finale, will we learn any new information about Belle's mom?
Horowitz: Not this year.
Will there be more death in the finale?
Kitsis: Yes, there will be death. It's just a matter of whether or not you'll care. It could be a major character or it could be Henchman No. 4, but death will be had.
Is there a chance of seeing more of Rebecca Mader after this season?
Horowitz and Kitsis: Yes.
More at the link. [TV Guide]
Showrunner Bruno Heller talked about the thinking behind the pilot, telling Entertainment Weekly:
The first thing was starting with Jim Gordon, who is the most human and real and normal person in the DC pantheon. What would the city of Gotham look like to a young rookie cop coming into this world? And that's where we calibrated. This is a world that's going to become that familiar world of Batman, but it's not there yet. It's an embryo. A lot of the work was reverse engineering the story to look at what these characters were like when they younger. Penguin, for instance, is not a powerful gang leader, he's a gofer for a gangster. It's about giving the world room to grow, but at the same time giving the fun and pleasure and drama of that heightened world. One of the great things about the Batman world is [the characters] have no super powers. Nobody flies or leaps over buildings. You start with psychology and that's where we build from.
He also said that the show was "serialized" and that the Joker "will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought."
He also talked about the Wayne household:
With Bruce Wayne, in the pilot we see him as we've seen him before — as a victim of a tragedy. And of course we know where he goes eventually. What function he serves in the series is unclear.
Well, I will say [actor] David Mazouz is, without doubt, the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne. Without doubt — including the people who played Batman. He is a genuine prodigy of an actor, as you will see on screen. Frankly, before David was cast, I was ambivalent about how much we would use Bruce Wayne in the series.
Well, yeah, what do you do with him?
What do you do with a 12-year-old kid? Like I say, he's off-the-charts talented. So I'm hoping to use him as much as his mum will allow us to, and in the kind of stories you'd imagine. It's not going to be young Bruce Wayne going out and saving the day, because that's not what kids do. It's about the strange education of this young man. He has a good idea of where he's going early on. But it's about the growth of this young man.
Rejoice: Season 2 will premiere on Sunday, July 6, at 9/8c. [TV Line]
The 16-episode first season will start on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9/8c. Below is a poster. [TV Guide]
NBC has ordered a full season of this show. [Shock Till You Drop]
TNT has ordered a full series of the Jennifer Beals-starring show about a surgeon "tasked with investigating supernatural phenomena surrounding death." [Den of Geek]
Here's a promo photo from the series. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the official description of USA's in-development show:
In 2015, Los Angeles exists in a state of occupation. Some collaborate with the alien authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. COLONY is a naturalistic drama about a family torn by those opposing forces, making difficult choices as they balance keeping their family together with the struggle of the human race. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, COLONY was written and is executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") and Ryan Condal (upcoming "Hercules").
Here's the promo for the season finale. [via Coming Soon]
Here's a video from tonight's Grimm. [TV Guide]
And here's another sneak peek at "The Inheritance.' [SpoilerTV]
Here's a clip from "Stairway to Heaven." [Buddy TV]
Here's a promo for episode 1.09, "Unity Day." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen