The stars of Guardians of the Galaxy take you inside their characters! Joss Whedon reveals why two important characters won't be in Avengers: Age of Ultron and discusses his ongoing involvement with Agents of SHIELD. Check out the latest videos for Ender's Game and Neill Blomkamp's Elysium.Charlie Day discusses Newt's potential role in Pacific Rim 2. Spoilers!
Top image from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Joss Whedon discusses the roles – or lack thereof – of Thanos and Hank Pym in the upcoming sequel:
"We have to stay grounded," Whedon told Total Film about choosing the Avengers' next foe. "It's part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It's science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He's always been the overlord of villainy and darkness… We're not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements. Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we've got to own that... Then we have the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and I think that's plenty, because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch did not begin their time as friends of the Avengers, so there's going to be a lot of, well, conflict."
Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt explains his take on Peter Quill, alias Star Lord:
For Quill, without blowing too much of his origin, or anything like that, there's a petulance to him. He hasn't really been held accountable, as an adult. He's been able to be free in space and do whatever he's wanted to do. That's really fun because it means that he's slept with all these super weird aliens. That's my favorite weird element of the character. It's just very wonderful. But, my favorite moment that I've had was when I first donned my full wardrobe in the costume department. I put it on and it was just like, "Wow!" I wore it, and I thought that was pretty wonderful. All of a sudden, my walk changed a little bit, and I had a little extra bob in my head. That was pretty cool.
Next up, Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana discusses fellow team member Gamora:
I play Gamora. The weirdest thing about her is that she turns green when she blushes, she turns green when she's mad, and she turns green when she's turned on. And what's wonderful is that she has grown up in an environment that has misrepresented how she truly feels inside and she's gonna discover that, hopefully.
And former The Walking Dead recurring player Michael Rooker discusses his more villainous role:
There's a lot of me in Yondu. When I first read the script, I noticed right away that there are some aspects of Yondu's existence within this universe of ours that were very, very close to me. For example, the tough love that I have towards some of the other cast members. I'm very much like that in my life, as well. I hardly ever do make-up, in the movies I've done, except on James Gunn movies. This one is about two-and-a-half hours. To me, that's a very interesting aspect. When I get mad, I turn red. When I get embarrassed, I turn red. When I get turned on, I get red. And I want the audience to see that, in the character. So, if the character is getting mad, getting upset or getting turned on, you're getting to see that in the facial tones and the skin tones. That's what I enjoy about acting. It can be very subtle, like that. With a lot of make-up on, you can't see a lot of that, so I prefer to have no make-up, at all. But not in this one. I'm very excited to be involved with this.
There’s more from costars Djimon Hounsou, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, and Benicio del Toro, as well as plenty of other insights from writer-director James Gunn. [Comic Book Resources]
Anthony Mackie offers some more insight into his character, The Falcon:
"The one thing I appreciate about Marvel, is when they introduced this character, they realized the value of having an African-American superhero, and they continued to reintroduce him and put him in different contexts until they felt like they got it right. So he continued to evolve and change and be reintroduced, in a way that as we changed as a people, he changed as a character. And you know, you gotta appreciate that, you gotta admire that from people who realize...or admit what they had wrong. And in this movie [directors] the Russo brothers have really given me the opportunity to make him into a three-dimensional character instead of just a cookie-cutter out of what Marvel thought he was at any point in time… [Regarding Falcon’s bird] No, the way the Falcon was created… he was created in three incarnations. And we went with the more military aspect of him as opposed to the superhero earlier aspect. So there is no bird."
And here’s Frank Grillo on Crossbones:
"This is a guy who has very little fear, very little fear and has a mission and is kind of...has tunnel vision when it comes to the mission," he told me of the character. "And whether they're superheroes or not, it's irrelevant to him. He does what he does. That's why I...I mean, when I first met with them and they explained to me who the character was and then I went and kind of found the origin of Crossbones and Rumlow...it really excited me, because I don't have superpowers. And yet I kick the shit out of a lot of superheroes."
Here’s a new photo of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, accompanied by a promise of a new trailer. [Coming Soon]
It's probably still way too early to put any stock in rumors about who might be taking over for J.J. Abrams as the director of the Star Trek Into Darkness followup — or indeed if Abrams is exiting the role in the first place, though his Star Wars commitments make that seem fairly definite — but one name is rumored to have risen to the top of the list of possible contenders. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is said to be the main contender, and that makes some financial sense, considering his last film made $371 million globally for Paramount. Still, it's best to take this with a grain of salt until we hear something a bit more substantial. [Latino Review]
Here’s a video focusing on Agent Kruger, as played by director Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 star Sharlto Copley, as well as a TV spot listing some critics’ reactions.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day discusses what could happen in the sequel with respect to his character Newt:
”I remember when I first met with him (Del Toro) that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film. But, I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don’t think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea....Guillermo is one of these guys that his mind is so active that he might have an idea about something and then it’s a completely different idea five minutes later… I’m hopeful that we get to drive a big punching robot. I think traditionally in those comics, sometimes the science guys put together a cheap, dorky version of one of the robots so maybe we’ll get to do something like that.”
Here’s the latest trailer.
Here’s a preview of the latest trailer, which should be out later today. [/Film]
Here’s behind-the-scenes footage featuring stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci. [TFW2005]
Joss Whedon discusses his involvement in the show moving forward:
I’m reading every script, every story, and giving notes and re-writes. I just can’t be in the room every day. The group I have shares this hard-to-convey idea of how I want the show to feel... I don’t think [directing an episode] will happen again for the next couple years, because I’m getting behind another camera in another country.”
Here’s a new poster for the show.
Here’s the promo for the next episode and ninth overall, “Life Matters.” [SpoilerTV]
Here’s the press release for episode ten, “Radioactive”:
Bill (Stephen Moyer) discovers that salvation comes at a price; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) senses a vampire attraction firsthand. Sookie (Anna Paquin) examines her future with Warlow (Rob Kazinsky), while Bon Temps braces itself when a new crisis threatens both humans and vampires.
Creator Eric Kripke discusses what to expect from season two:
“We’re trying to be the first television series to destroy two American cities in the first 15 seconds. “It’s a very intense second season because the East Coast is completely destabilized, the power is back off, and we are back to basics and asking the question of how would we all survive in this neo-primitive world which is even more dangerous than the world we saw in Season 1 and hilarity ensues from there.”
He also says most eloquently that the second season will once again depower the show’s universe:
“[In season one] You’re looking at drone strikes and machine guns and all this shit. I was like, ‘Isn’t this supposed to be a show about swords?’”
Finally, he hints at new villains for the second season:
“These people (The Patriots) come up from Cuba, and they claim to be Americans but they’re not really. … They’re bad, bad dudes. The idea was to create a villain this year that is so bad — so insidious — whose tentacles go so far that our heroes and our villains have to band together to face this threat,”
Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis discuss Rufio, the show’s take on Peter Pan:
Horowitz: Rufio belongs to another take on the Pan thing. We're not using that character that was created by another world, but we are making a loving nod towards a movie and a mythology that we enjoy. Hook was a movie that we saw when we were younger.
Kitsis: Everyone has great respect for that movie in the [writers'] room and you realize collectively everyone grew up loving that movie.
Horowitz: We wanted to give the fans a little nod to that. So, if you look closely, I think you might get a nice, fun nod.