At least one white dude won't be in the Akira remake. Martin Scorsese explains why his family-friendly fantasy Hugo is in 3D. A Joss Whedon veteran joins Grimm. Plus hints for the upcoming batshit insanity of American Horror Story!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Here's a bunch of new character banners, albeit clumped together into only two images.
Filming is headed back to New York City for some reshoots next week. Based on various signs placed around the city, the movie appears to be shooting at Pearl and Broad Street, the Williamsburg Bridge and FDR Drive, the Flatiron Building at 25th and 5th Avenue/6th Avenue, and East 81 Street between Columbus Avenue and Park. [On Location Vacations]
Asa Butterfield, the child star of Martin Scorsese's upcoming film Hugo, has reportedly been offered the starring role of Andrew "Ender" Wiggin in the finally-actually-happening adaptation of Orson Scott Card's renowned sci-fi novel. The movie is directed by Gavin Hood, whose credits veer from the Oscar-winningTsotsi to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci developed and are now producing this latest, apparently successful attempt to adapt the novel. [Deadline]
Ezra Miller, who plays the title character in the upcoming We Need to Talk About Kevin, flatly denied that he's reading for parts in the Americanized remake, in the process essentially reminding everyone why he probably shouldn't be a contender for the part in the first place:
"That, I can assure you, will not be a reality. It's a beautiful Japanese epic and I think it'll be a very entertaining, fun film, but no, it's not my next move."
Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Martin Scorsese explains why his family-friendly homage to George Melies and the early days of cinema was shot in 3D:
I found that the setting of the story lent itself to using the element of space and depth. It had a lot to do with the machinery of 3D, which creates something beyond itself, the movies that could bring people together. They create images that go up on the screen, and once they're experienced, they're gone. But the emotional impact stays with you. What happened is that, rather than 3D being used in a way that I used to enjoy, too — with the camera flying around — I was trying to take the audience and put them in that world. And bring the children forward. Because seeing the kid [actors] every day first thing in the morning, I'd grab them and hug them and kiss them. And that's what I wanted the audience to feel like.
Final Destination and Jack the Giant Killer producer John Rickard is reportedly working on an adaptation of the 1980s video game, the concept of which "revolves around a trio of mild-mannered humans who are mutated into a giant Godzilla-like lizard, a werewolf and a gorilla, respectively, and fight the military while destroying buildings." He's reportedly meeting with writers, and the idea is reportedly to launch a "smartly-budgeted monster movie", which probably means get ready for a ton of CGI. [Heat Vision]
Here's one last clip from part one.
The BBC has released this first shot from the upcoming Christmas Special, which they describe as "a spectacular shot of the Doctor racing through some kind of passageway whilst pointing what appears to be his sonic screwdriver." [BBC]
Here are three sneak peeks for tonight's episode, "Wallflower." [Fringe Television]
Executive producer and makeup specialist Greg Nicotero explains how this season's structure is different from that of season one:
This show is tonally a little different from last year. Because last year we were in the middle of the city, so a walker could come out from any building anywhere. This year because we've sidetracked to Hershel's farm, much like in the graphic novel, the farm certainly isn't populated with walkers. So there are a couple of episodes where they're not walker heavy, then all of the sudden – boom – in the next one there's sixty or eighty of them.
So I wasn't nervous about it, because I was really proud of what we did last year, and I just always am looking at what we do and thinking about how we can make it better and how we can improve it. That's probably the genre fan in me, the moviegoer that wants to see something different and see something new and go, "Okay, so what are you gonna show me now?" So this is kind of like the sequel to The Walking Dead. The first season was the first movie, this is the second and third movie. I look at them sort of like our little Lord of the Rings movies I guess. [Laughs.]
There's more at the link, including a lot on getting the look of the zombies just right. [FearNet]
Here are five previews for next Monday's episode, "Versus." [Terra Nova TV]
Here's a promo and a sneak peek from tonight's episode, "Chuck vs. the Business Trip." For some more sneak peeks, go here.
The always welcome Amy Acker has reportedly been cast in a guest role as Lena, a seemingly normal, happy housewife who is actually the fearsome Black Widow. This means that she suffers from a rapid aging disorder, and the only way to stop it is to steal the vitality of three men every five years. Her episode will reportedly air early in 2012. [TV Line]
Since Grimm has been - at least by NBC on a Friday night standards - a shockingly massive hit, it's not exactly surprising that NBC is ordering an unspecified number of additional scripts beyond the original 13 episode order. Technically, that means no new episodes have been ordered, but the show is in NBC's midseason schedule, so the network is clearly assuming the show will get a full season. [The Live Feed]
NBC has released a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "Lonelyhearts." You can check it out here.
While you should definitely check out our own interview with Melissa Rosenberg, who is overseeing the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis's comic to ABC, elsewhere Rosenberg confirmed that the show takes place in the Marvel cinematic universe, and that there are actually references to Tony Stark and Stark Industries in the pilot script. While this probably isn't a prelude to a Robert Downey, Jr. guest spot - though a Clark Gregg appearance as the omnipresent Agent Coulson is probably a distinct possibility - she did say that she wants to exist in the larger universe as fully as possible:
"As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we're definitely in that universe. We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I'm going to pull everything in from there that I can use."
J.J. Abrams's latest mystery sci-fi show has reportedly changed showrunners, with original head Elizabeth Sarnoff stepping down over alleged creative differences. She's reportedly being replaced by Lost alum and Chase creator Jennifer Johnson and Daniel Pyne, the writer of the movie Fracture who worked back in the eighties on Miami Vice. This was reportedly part of the recent decision to halt production and do reshoots on the first seven episodes. So...I'd say we could go ahead and call this show at least moderately troubled, but at least there still seems to be some time to work things out. [Deadline]
Here's an introduction to tonight's episode, "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters", from executive producer Sera Gamble. [KSiteTV]
Veronica Mars actor Jason Dohring, who currently appears as Juliet's teacher on Ringer, will reportedly guest star in Supernatural's twelfth episode as Chronos, the Greek god of time, who has alternately been imagined as "an old, wise man with a long, gray beard" and "an incorporeal god, serpentine in form, with three heads-those of a man, a bull, and a lion", according to my painstaking glancing at and copying from Wikipedia. They're both great directions to go in - particular Option B, of course - though it appears Supernatural has apparently gone with its usual solution of just casting a good-looking dude in the role. [TV Line]
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Rubber Man." Never before, and perhaps never again, has a simple episode title promised quite so much batshit insanity.
Ryan Murphy says that episode eight will indeed reveal Rubber Man's origins, which will flashback to when Zachary Quinto's gay interior designer Chad owned the house and feature a return appearance by Quinto. The episode will also reveal the truth about Vivien's pregnancy, and Hayden will play a major role in the episode. He promises that two episodes from now - so episode nine, probably - will see Constance called to account for all her crimes and misdeeds, while episode ten will resolve what he refers to as "the Tate/Larry/Constance/How is she getting away with all of this?/Why did Tate do that at the school?" issue. He also reveals that Larry didn't get burned from trying to save his wife and children, and an upcoming episode will reveal their real origins.
Finally, he promises that Marcy the realtor will stock around for a while:
I am obsessed with Marcy the realtor. I love her! I love her! Every episode we're like "We're killing Marcy this episode. This is the episode." And then we get to writing her and she's too hilarious to kill. I think she's been a great source of levity and I think she's a terrible person. She's a racist and a homophobe and the worst realtor in the world. She's that incompetent bumbler. I like to imitate her in the writer's room.
Tate Langdon actor Evan Peters refused to divulge any spoilers in a recent interview, simply promising, "It only gets worse" from here on out. That's probably true in more ways than he intends. [People]
Episode ten is called "Birth," and the show is reportedly casting doctors and nurses for the episode, so it's a pretty good bet that Vivien will deliver the twins then. The show is also reportedly casting a Native American woman and a tribal elder, because there really was no way in hell that house wasn't built on some sort of Indian burial ground. Also, an upcoming episode will flashback to the childhood of either Constance or Tate. [E! Online]
Here's a couple cryptic clues for the upcoming Christmas special:
Christmas has come to Haven at the wrong time of year. Worse still, somebody has got a very different idea as to which townspeople have been naughty and which have been nice.
Here's a CW promo congratulating the show on its People's Choice Awards nomination.
Additional reporting by Natalie Baaklini and Charlie Jane Anders.